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Title: Socioeconomic Complexity and the Sociological Tradition: New wine in Old Bottles
Authors: Graça, João Carlos
Lopes, João Carlos
Keywords: Socioeconomic complexity
interdependence
autonomy
sociological tradition
Durkheim
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: ISEG – Departamento de Economia
Citation: Graça, João Carlos e João Carlos Lopes. 2008. "Socioeconomic Complexity and the Sociological Tradition: New wine in Old Bottles". Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão - DE Working papers nº 47-2008/DE/UECE/SOCIUS
Series/Report no.: DE Working papers;nº 47-2008/DE/UECE/SOCIUS
Abstract: Complexity is a purposeful integrating framework for interdisciplinary dialogue, namely between sociologists and economists. After presenting some properties of complex (social) systems, we consider the crucial role of the economic complexity research agenda in challenging the mainstream economic paradigm. This endeavor, we suggest, can greatly benefit from a neglected but relevant aspect, the concern regarding social complexity implicit in the sociological tradition, particularly the emphasis given by Durkheim to the idea of interdependence, a keystone of complexity studies nowadays. As we underline, instead of assuming interdependence/complexity and autonomy/simplicity in a tradeoff relationship, the French sociologist takes interdependence and autonomy as fundamentally complementary and positively correlated characteristics of modern societies. This fact suggests the convenience to conceptualize complexity as a broad socioeconomic, and not just a strict economic, phenomenon. Such a purpose is certainly more damaged than benefited by the existence of the economics/sociology academic divide.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/2480
ISSN: 0874-4548
Publisher version: https://aquila1.iseg.utl.pt/aquila/getFile.do?method=getFile&fileId=26548
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UECE - Documentos de Trabalho / UECE - Working Papers
DE - Documentos de trabalho / Working Papers

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