Making Markets: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Economic Exchange


This book considers the social and economic arrangements that would be necessary for rational mechanisms of exchange and distribution to emerge, function, and remain viable if extreme conditions produced an absence or the severe disruption of an institutional infrastructure and resource endowments. Written by an economist, a sociologist, and an anthropologist, the study confronts such radical circumstances from an interdisciplinary perspective. At one level, the book discusses the kinds of market structures that would be viable under different socioeconomic conditions. At another level, the analysis questions monolithic approaches to applied economic analysis and policy based on what works under existing conditions.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1992


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