1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Edited By C.M. Melenovsky Copyright 2022
    488 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    488 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook advances the interdisciplinary field of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) by identifying thirty-five topics of ongoing research. Instead of focusing on historically significant texts, it features experts talking about current debates. Individually, each chapter provides a resource for new research. Together, the chapters provide a thorough introduction to contemporary work in PPE, which makes it an ideal reader for a senior-year course.

    The handbook is organized into seven parts, each with its own introduction and five chapters:
    I. Frameworks
    II. Decision-Making
    III. Social Structures
    IV. Markets
    V. Economic Systems
    VI. Distributive Justice
    VII. Democracy

    The "Frameworks" part discusses common tools and perspectives in PPE, and the "Decision-making" section shows different approaches to the study of choice. From there, parts on "Social Structures," "Markets" and "Economic Systems" each use tools from the three PPE disciplines to study and distinguish parts of society. The next part explains dominant theories and challenges to the paradigm of "Distributive Justice." Finally, a part on "Democracy" offers five challenges to current democratic practice.


    Part I: Frameworks
    Introduction to Part I

    1. PPE as an Intellectual Enterprise
    Geoffrey Brennan and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

    2. On Models and their Uses
    James Johnson

    3. Complexity
    Fred DAgostino

    4. PPE in Marx’s Materialist Conception of History
    Vanessa Wills

    5. Feminist Theory
    Ann Cudd

    Part II: Decision-Making
    Introduction to Part II

    6. Game Theory
    John Thrasher

    7. Four Structures of Intransitive Preferences
    Luc Bovens

    8. Theories of Choice Behavior
    Sudeep Bhatia

    9. Rule-Following
    Erik Kimbrough and Bart Wilson

    10. Implicit Bias and Decision-Making
    Lacey Davidson

    Part III: Formal and Informal Social Structures
    Introduction to Part III

    11. Social Norms
    Ryan Muldoon

    12. Institutions
    C.M. Melenovsky

    13. Property
    Bas van der Vossen

    14. Corporations in our Polity
    Amy Sepinwall

    15. Polycentricity
    Vlad Tarko

    Part IV: Markets
    Introduction to Part IV

    16. The Advantages of Markets
    Matt Zwolinkski

    17. Exploitation
    Vida Panitch

    18. The Meaning of Markets
    Brookes Brown

    19. Gender and the Division of Labor
    Gina Schouten

    20. Housing Markets
    Kristina Meshelski

    Part V: Economic Systems
    Introduction to Part V

    21. Capitalism
    Peter Boettke

    22. Socialisms
    Samuel Arnold

    23. Property Owning Democracy
    Alan Thomas

    24. Social Democracy
    Jeppe Von Platz

    25. Corruption
    Michael Munger

    Part VI: Distributive Justice
    Introduction to Part VI

    26. Property Rights and Justice in Holdings: A Libertarian Perspective
    Erik Mack

    27. High Liberalism
    Samuel Freeman

    28. Institutionalism, Injustice and Personal Responsibility
    Kok-Chor Tan

    29. Social Justice
    Maeve McKeown

    30. Justice across Borders
    Serena Parekh

    Part VII: Democracy
    Introduction to Part VII

    31. In Defense of Epistocracy: Enlightened Preference Voting
    Jason Brennan

    32. Voting Rules
    Itai Sher

    33. Enabling Informed and Equal Participation
    Thomas Christiano

    34. What, if anything, can justify limiting workers’ voice?
    Liza Herzog

    35. Social Trust
    Karen Cook and Jacob Reidhead


    C.M. Melenovsky is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the PPE program at Suffolk University, USA. His research focuses on social practices, institutions, moral conventionalism, and Rawlsian political philosophy. He is currently working on a book, Kantian Conventionalism, that reconciles the social contingency of obligations and rights with a Kantian moral framework.