Economic Networks

Economic Networks

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Social relations are crucial for understanding diverse economic actions and a network perspective is central to that explanation. Simple exchanges involving money, labor, and commodities combine into complexly connected systems. Economic networks span many levels of analysis, from persons (consumers, employees), to groups (households, workteams), organizations (corporations, interest groups), populations (industries, markets) and the rapidly expanding global economic system. David Knoke blends network theories from a range of disciplines and empirical studies of domestic and international economies to illuminate how economic activity is embedded in and constrained by social ties among economic actors. Social capital, in the form of connections to others holding valuable resources, is vital for finding a job, buying a car, creating a new industry, or triggering a global financial crisis. In nontechnical terms the author explicates the core network concepts, measures, and analysis methods behind these phenomena. The book also includes many striking network diagrams to provide visual insights into complex structural patterns.
This accessible book offers an invaluable critique for both undergraduate and graduate students in economic sociology and social network analysis courses who seek a better understanding of the multifaceted economic webs in which we are all entangled.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 155 x 236 x 20mm | 486g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745649971
  • 9780745649979
  • 2,311,535

Table of contents

List of Figures ix Preface xi 1 Economics and Social Networks 1 Mainstream and Alternative Economic Theories 3 The Economic Sociology Perspective 13 The Social Network Perspective 21 Summary and Outline of the Book 24 2 Markets and Networks 25 Labor Markets 28 Consumer Markets 41 Producer Markets 56 Summary 64 3 Networks inside Organizations 66 Micro-Network Concepts 69 Social Capital 75 Forming Employee Networks 81 Network Outcomes 90 Team Networking 105 Summary 110 4 Networks among Organizations 111 Business Startup Networks 112 Business Groups 118 Interlocking Directorates 128 Strategic Alliances 131 Evolution of Interorganizational Networks 146 Summary 155 5 Global Networks 157 International Networks 158 Supply and Commodity Chains 163 World Cities Networks 165 A Transnational Capitalist Class? 171 Networks of the Global Financial Crisis 177 Summary 186 6 Looking Forward 187 Theory Construction 188 Empirical Tools 191 Connecting Economy and Polity 193 Appendix: Network Resources 197 References 200 Index 232
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Winner of the Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title "Knoke very aptly illustrates the importance of networks in the economy and thus helps to make concrete contributions to economic sociology The book is an excellent introduction and would work well as a supplement for an introductory course in economic sociology and sociology of networks." Lectures "A masterful integration of numerous and diverseprojects pertaining to economic networks." Sociologica "Scholarship on the role of social networks in economic exchange has been growing at a fast clip, suffusing through several regions of sociology and even into economics itself. David Knoke performs a signal service in ordering and integrating diverse streams of research at every level from individual economic choices to the structure of the global economy in this comprehensive, sagacious, and highly readable volume." Paul DiMaggio, Princeton University "David Knoke brings his years of experience analyzing political networks to a broad review of network mechanisms in economic sociology. This is a useful text for anyone interested in a quick, literate, and insightful overview of the burgeoning research on the ways social networks shape economic phenomena." Ronald Burt, University of Chicago Booth School of Business "Having shown the power of the structural approach in both political (1990) and organizational (2001) settings, Dr. Knoke now turns his clear eye to the structural foundations of our economic system. Skillfully bridging levels of analysis from the embeddedness of employees to connectivity in the global system, this book provides a wonderful overview of how economic understanding requires networks. This clear and careful book will be an asset to scholars across the social sciences." James Moody, Duke University
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About David H. Knoke

David Knoke is professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota.
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