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Economists and Societies:
Discipline and Profession in the United States, Britain, and France, 1890s to 1990s
Marion Fourcade

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List of Figures vii
List of Tables ix
Preface xi
List of Abbreviations xix

Introduction: Economics and Society 1
Three Trajectories 7
Critical Organized Comparisons 12
National Constellations 15
The Dialectical Relationship between Culture and Economics 28

Chapter One: Institutional Logics in Comparative Perspective 31
Federal Constitutionalism in America 32
The Rise and Fall of British Elitism 40
The Transformations of French Statism 50
Institutional Complementarities and the Coherence of Social Life 59

Chapter Two: The United States: Merchant Professionals 61
Forms of Academic Entrenchment 63
The Meaning of Science in American Economics 77
The Academic Roots of Public Expertise 96
The Economics Industry 114
American Economists, from Professional Scientism
to Scientific Professionalism 125

Chapter Three: Britain: Public-Minded Elites 129
A Late but Extensive Institutionalization 131
The Scientific and Moral Transformation of British Economics 148
Administrators and Specialists 163
Economic Persuasion 175
The Waning High Culture of British Economics 183

Chapter Four: France: Statist Divisions 185
A Fragmented Academicization 187
The Nationalization of Economic Expertise 203
The "Administrative Economists" 215
The Missing Private Jurisdiction 225
Economists as Intellectuals, Intellectuals as Economists 230
The Segmented Worlds of French Economics 234

Conclusion: Economists and Societies 237
The Social Structures of Economics in Comparative Perspective 241
Contribution of a Sociology of Economic Knowledge to
Economic Sociology 261

Appendix 263
Notes 269
References 315
Index 369

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