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Conceptualizing CapitalismInstitutions, Evolution, Future$
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Geoffrey M. Hodgson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226168005

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226168142.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Conceptualizing Capitalism
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Geoffrey M. Hodgson

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226168142.003.0017

The introduction outlines the aims of the book and the perspective adopted. The importance of adequate definitions of key terms is stressed. This vital task of conceptual precision has been downgraded and the meaning of several key terms has been corrupted. Important theorists of capitalism, including Karl Marx, Max Weber, Joseph A. Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, and Friedrich A. Hayek, are discussed. The adopted theoretical approach of legal institutionalism is outlined. There is also a short overview of the literature on the origins of capitalism. The definition of capitalism developed in the book is cited. Finally the structure and content of the book are outlined.

Keywords:   importance of definitions, theorists of capitalism, legal institutionalism, origins of capitalism, outline of book

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