The Vested Interests
8%
off

The Vested Interests

4.04 (21 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Veblen's classic position on social status is intertwined with his interest in economic class and the political prospects of that class. The Vested Interests is squarely in that tradition. It aims to show how and why a discrepancy has arisen between the accepted principles of law and custom that underlie the business enterprise and the efficient management of industry. He also speculates on the civil and political difficulties inspired by this discrepancy between business civilization, and the social order.

Many of the essays in this collection originally appeared in Dial from October 1918 to January 1919. The Vested Interests includes: "The Instability of Knowledge and Belief," "The Stability of Law and Custom," "The State of the Industrial Arts," "Free Income," "The Vested Interests," "The Divine Rights of Nations," "Live and Let Live," and "The Vested Interests and the Common Man."

In his new introduction, Irving Louis Horowitz discusses Veblen as an economist turned sociologist. He explores the dichotomies in Veblen's approach, describing it as radical in input and conservative in outcome. Veblen was analytical in design, but ideological in rhetoric. He was materialist in his economic analysis, but idealistic in his emphasis on law and custom as regulatory mechanisms of the management of society. Horowitz also describes the difficulties Veblen experienced in placing his steadfastly nineteenth century ideals in the context of 1920s America. This is the final volume in Transaction's series of the essential works of Thorstein Veblen. It will be of central interest to sociologists as well as economists, particularly those interested in the history of ideas.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 12mm | 240.4g
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 076580865X
  • 9780765808653

About Thorstein Veblen

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was perhaps the most famous American economist and social critic of his time. He taught at the Universities of Chicago and Missouri. Stanford University, and the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Theory of Businekss Enterprise, The Higher Learning in America, Absentee Ownership, and The Theory of the Leisure Class, all available from Transaction. Irving Louis Horowitz is university professor and Hannah Arendt Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey where he taught for thirty years. He also serves as editorial director and chairman of the board of Transaction Publishers. Among his writings is Behemoth: Main Currents in the History and Theory of Political Sociology.
show more

Rating details

21 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 38% (8)
4 43% (9)
3 10% (2)
2 5% (1)
1 5% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X