Why is economic analysis too important and too complex to be left to economists alone?
"Economy and Society" is a major landmark in the recent emergence of economic sociology. Robert Holton provides a major new synthesis of social scientific thinking on the interrelationship between economy and society. He argues for the importance of politics and culture to the functioning of the economy and draws on the strengths, but avoids the weaknesses of economic liberalism and political economy.
"Holton tackles a subject of fundamental and varied dimensions and scores well. . . . The book should be a welcome addition to the budding discipline of economic sociology. It can be gainfully used by undergraduate and graduate students and, as a stepping-stone, by researchers and faculty."
"This is an impressive, comprehensive and interesting argument for the revival of the project of an economic sociology' as a central component in the contemporary social and political sciences.."
-Peter Lassman, University of Birmingham