This volume examines the questions of the existence, evolution and failure of the three major institutions of capitalism: the market, the firm (including the transnational corporation) and the state. Following critical appraisals of existing theoretical perspectives on these questions, namely neo-classical, Austrian, post-Keynesian and Marxist, the author adopts an evolutionary-historical approach aimed at deriving a synthesis where possible and breaking new ground when not. The book focuses on, and assesses mainstream micro- and macroeconomic theories of "failure" and Marxian theories of capitalist crisis. Christos Pitelis' analysis of markets, firms and states points to the possibility of a mainstream theory of capitalist institutional failure based on transaction cost economizing. This can be incorporated within a more general approach to institutional crisis which considers the relevant macroeconomic aspects, most notably realization failures.
Institutions of capitalism and institutional failure; the nature, objectives and evolution of firms; competition, monopoly and prices; the capitalist state; theory of capitalist institutional failure and crisis.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 20th August 1993
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.41