This collection examines the work of the Italian economist and social theorist Vilfredo Pareto, highlighting the extraordinary scope of his thought, which covers a vast range of academic disciplines. The volume underlines the enduring and contemporary relevance of Pareto's ideas on a bewildering variety of topics; while illuminating his attempt to unite different disciplines, such as history and sociology, in his quest for a 'holistic' understanding of society. Bringing together the world's leading experts on Pareto, this collection will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of sociology and social psychology, monetary theory and risk analysis, philosophy and intellectual history, and political science and rhetoric.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Joseph V. Femia and Alasdair J. Marshall; Pareto and the elite, John Scott; Talents and obstacles: Pareto's morphological schema and contemporary social stratification research, FranÃ§ois Nielsen; The role of sticking points in Pareto's theory of social systems, Charles Powers; Pareto, Machiavelli and the critique of ideal political theory, Joseph V. Femia; The idea of a sociology of risk and uncertainty: insight from Pareto, Alasdair J. Marshall and Marco Guidi; Pareto's theory of elite cycles: a reconsideration and application, John Higley and Jan Pakulski; Pareto, Mill and the cognitive explanation of collective beliefs: unnoticed 'middle-range theories' in the Trattato, Alban Bouvier; Pareto's rhetoric, Giorgio Baruchello; Pareto's manuscript on money and the real economy, Michael McLure; Index.
Joseph V. Femia is Professor of Political Theory in the School of Politics and Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK Alasdair J. Marshall is a lecturer in the School of Management at the University of Southampton, UK