There has been increasing interest and debate in recent years on the instituted nature of economic processes in general and the related ideas of the market and the competitive process in particular. This debate lies at the interface between two largely independent disciplines, economics and sociology, and reflects an attempt to bring the two fields of discourse more closely together. This book explores this interface in a number of ways, looking at the competitive process and market relations from a number of different perspectives. It considers the social role of economic institutions in society and examines the various meanings embedded in the word 'markets', as well as developing arguments on the nature of competition as an instituted economic process. The close of the twentieth century saw a virtual canonisation of markets as the best, indeed the only really effective, way to govern an economic system. The market organisation being canonised was simple and pure, along the lines of the standard textbook model in economics. The book discusses the concepts of polysemy , idealism, cognition, materiality and cultural economy. Michael Best provides an account of regional economic adaptation to changed market circumstances. This is the story of the dynamics of capitalism focused on the resurgence of the Route 128 region around Boston following its decline in the mid-1980s in the face of competition from Silicon Valley. The book also addresses the question of how this resurgence was achieved.
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processes and the restructuring of market forms. An emergent culturaleconomy is also of critical interest for institutional analysis, and for a number of
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addresses the debate about whether we currently can be said to have a ‘culturaleconomy’ with newer principles of operation than those of an older
industrial economy. Finding it hard to understand the producers in terms of
the products being sold, she argues that attention should be paid instead to
the role of specialised knowledge involved in the framing of goods to be sold
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granted and because it has become acknowledged
as the basis of more effective market behaviour. As a result, corporate intervention in these processes has become more reflexive, more rationalised and
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a ‘more cultural’ economy, or a society of the sign, or an enculturated economy but that we do live in a world that has opened up the black box of the
social object, institutionalising and rendering reflexive processes
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