Edward Elgar 2004, 168 s. ISBN 1-84376-495-4
Bogomtale fra forlaget.
Oosterhout and Vromen have pulled together a diverse set of ideas around a
common theme, social contract theory, that provides a useful underpinning for
our ideas about what makes societies work in the ways that they do. Rather than
attempting to integrate ideas from scholars of game theory, contract law,
organizational theory, economic philosophy and business ethics, moral, and
political philosophy, they outline a common framework on which these disparate
ideas all cohere. Fundamentally, the editors suggest that for a social contract
to be practical and workable, we as people living in societies have to agree to
the underlying values and norms within a particular social contract as rational
and reasonable agents. This type of synthesis provides a helpful framework for
understanding what the limits and boundaries of social contract theory are and
should be useful to thinkers in all of the domains covered by the authors in the
– Sandra Waddock, Boston College, US
‘I have read the
introduction of The Social Institutions of Capitalism with great pleasure. This
book about contractarian theories provides deep insights into the foundations of
economic systems and organizations like firms. Fundamental questions about why
individuals would accept authority, about the behavioural assumptions in modern
economic theory and about the foundation of the institutional fabric of society
are very profoundly discussed by leading experts in the field.’
Groenewegen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
diverse set of contributions to current social contracting research, The Social
Institutions of Capitalism illustrates how social contracts necessarily underlie
and facilitate all forms of capitalist production and exchange.
editors bring together novel contributions from fields as diverse as economics,
evolutionary game theory, contract law, business ethics, moral philosophy and
anthropology to offer multifaceted but subtly intertwined perspectives on
fundamental questions concerning human cooperation.
interdisciplinary book, with articles written by academics who are widely known
and respected in their respective fields, will be of great value to those
interested in political theory, moral philosophy and business
1. Social Contract Theories: E Pluribus Unum? 2. Stable Social Contracts 3.
The Relational Constitution of Contractual Agreement 4. The Foundations of Trust
5. Economics and the Social Contract 6. Social Contracts, Sic et Non 7. Sources
of Normativity: Reflectivity versus Social Contracting 8.
Justice-Conventionalism, Justice-Platonism and the Social Contract Index
Contributors: K. Binmore, D. Campbell, T. Donaldson, T. Dunfee, P. Heugens,
B. Nooteboom, H. van Oosterhout, T. van Willigenburg, P. Vanderschraaf, T.
Vandevelde, J. Vromen