Support-Bargaining, Economics and Society

A Social Species

By Patrick Spread

© 2013 – Routledge

300 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2012-10-16
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About the Book

Support-Bargaining, Economics and Society links support-bargaining to Darwin's theory of natural selection and traces the implications of support-bargaining and money-bargaining across society. It provides a wholly different account of the functioning of human societies from anything that has gone before. Social scientists, ever since there have been such people, have missed the crucial human characteristic – the propensity to seek support – that has given rise to group formation and the evolution of human society.

Table of Contents

1/ The Problem with Natural Selection Chapter 2. Natural Selection and Support-Bargaining 3. Power and Hierarchy Chapter 4. Power Elites and Pluralist Democracy 5. Sexual Selection and Kinship 6. The Evidence for Support-Bargaining 7. Theory Making and Social Darwinism Chapter 8. Common Theory and Personification Chapter 9: Money-Bargaining and the Evolution of Economies 10. Social Symmetries 11. Conclusion

About the Author

Patrick Spread obtained his first degree from Oxford University and a PhD from the London Business School. He has worked as an economist extensively in the Pacific, Africa and Asia. He has published three books and several journal articles.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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