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‘The digression is the story’ (or how to read economics and Weber). An interview with Keith Tribe

Image result for the economy of the wordKeith Tribe’s academic work combines an original mix. Tribe is a recognized scholar in history of economics who has played a very important role in the dissemination and translation of the work of Wilhelm Hennis and Reinhart Koselleck in English speaking academic circles, and he is currently working on a new translation of Max Weber’s Economy and Society for Harvard University Press.

This interview was recorded in the context of his visit to Copenhagen Business School in 2016 (one of Tribe’s talk on that visit was recently published in this special section in Sociologica). In our conversation, Tribe kindly answered questions about his different academic interests. In the first two answers, he expands on the original method of analysis of economic ideas unfolded in his book The Economy of the Word: Language, History, and Economics (2015, Oxford University Press). The answers to questions 3, 4 and 5 are about Weber, particularly the strange role Hayek played in making the first English translation of Economy and Society, the contemporary relevance of Hennis’s interpretation, and a clarification about the long lasting confusion with the term “iron cage”. Continue reading

Studying the Failures of Markets for Collective Concerns

[En diciembre pasado, con mis colegas Christian Frankel y Trine Pallesen organizamos el workshop “Markets for collective concerns?”. Escribimos un reporte sobre el evento para el último número de  EASST Review. Comienza así:]

“The workshop “Markets for Collective Concerns?”, that we co-orga­nized, was held at Copenhagen Business School last December 11th and 12th. These brief notes are not a summary. It is our attempt to start digesting the vertigo we still feel about the important questions and challenges for future social and STS inspired studies of markets that were posed during those two days. We will, hopefully, be able to produ­ce a clearer statement of these issues in the expected edited publication collecting the contributions to the workshop. […] The title of the workshop referred to markets that are created not only to ensure economic exchange, but also to deal with specific collective concerns -e.g. poverty, energy supply, and global warming. Markets developed as policy instruments.” Continue reading

Workshop: Markets for Collective Concerns? December 11th and 12th 2014, CBS.

Workshop: Markets for Collective Concerns? December 11th and 12th 2014, Copenhagen Business School.  Confirmed speakers: Daniel Breslau, Virginia Tech; Liliana Doganova & Brice Laurent, MINES ParisTech; Nicholas Gane, University of Warwick; Peter Karnøe, University of Aalborg; Philip Mirowski, University of Notre Dame; Daniel Neyland, Goldsmiths, University of London; Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, London School of Economics; Annelise Riles, Cornell University. Web site: http://www.cbs.dk/en/viden-samfundet/business-in-society/public-private/news/workshop-markets-collective-concern


Despite the recent fall-out of finance, confidence in the market does not seem to be diminishing, but on the contrary, market mechanisms are becoming key instruments to deal with core contemporary collective concerns, including global warming and education (Mirowski 2013). This conference will be devoted to discuss the proliferation of markets that have been devised – not only to work economically – but also to solve collective issues in areas such as environmental pollution, security of supply of energy, quality of education, poverty and health care. Continue reading

Is neoliberalism Weberian? An interview with Nicholas Gane

9780230242036Like a sociological detective of ideas, professor of sociology at the University of Warwick Nicholas Gane (2012, 2014 a, b) has been following the traces of social scientific thought in neoliberalism. The initial clue was given by Michel Foucault who in his Birth of Biopolitics argued that Max Weber’s work not only influenced critical theorists such as Adorno and Horkheimer but also one of the main branches within neoliberal thinking, German ordoliberalism. While Gane’s research ended up finding Foucault’s Weber-Ordoliberals connections rather thin, the investigation took him to an even more worrying result, namely, Weber’s influence on the work of Ludwig von Mises and his followers in Vienna, including the über neoliberal Friedrich Hayek. In this interview carried out at Warwick early June, Gane talks about his recent inquiry and its consequences. Continue reading

Are we witnessing the birth of a new type of economist-engineer (in charge of steering markets devised to deal with collective concerns)?

[A fines de febrero tuve la suerte de asistir a un workshop llevado a cabo en Copenhagen Business School para discutir los capítulos sobre la economía del libro An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns (AIME) de Bruno Latour, quien también participó en el taller. Para participar debíamos enviar un breve texto respondiendo o complementando alguno de los aspectos del proyecto iniciado en el libro. En este post comparto mi contribución, la que construí a partir del uso que Latour hace, de la idea propuesta por Timothy Mitchell, de que la economía es un invento reciente. A su vez, el post continúa varios de los temas que se han ido discutiendo en este blog]

Timothy Mitchell has made a thrilling suggestion: “The Economy” was not born until the mid XX century. With this he doesn’t deny, as shown for instance by Foucault in his Security, Territory and Population, that economists and political economy existed well before, but suggests that it was only in the mid XX century that the economy started to be seen as a whole that could be counted and called that way. Playing with Michel Callon’s terms, with the amazing growth of economic statistics that enabled counting, summarizing and inscribing the millions of transactions carried out in a given country, economists performed a calculable “Economy”.

The Economy described by Mitchell however does not correspond to any “economy” Continue reading