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Il pensiero di Kenneth Boulding, economista irenico. Relazioni sociali tra scambio, dono e coercizione


  • Raul Caruso


Il pensiero di Kenneth Boulding, economista irenico. Relazioni sociali tra scambio, dono e coercizione - The aim of this essay is the ‘triangular theory of social interactions as expounded by Kenneth Boulding. Rediscovering the theoretical reflections of Kenneth Boulding about social interactions is even more important nowadays when economists are emphasizing the role of both formal and informal institutions in economic development and growth. In fact, he pioneered the study of elements which are commonly considered in the economic theories of institutions, social capital, reciprocity and relational goods.

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  • Raul Caruso, 2009. "Il pensiero di Kenneth Boulding, economista irenico. Relazioni sociali tra scambio, dono e coercizione," HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT AND POLICY, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 0(2), pages 5-30.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:spespe:v:html10.3280/spe2009-002001

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    1. Caruso, Raul, 2011. "Crime and sport participation: Evidence from Italian regions over the period 1997–2003," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 455-463.

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    Kenneth Boulding; Threat; Love; Integrative systems; power; philanthropy; reciprocity; altruism.;

    JEL classification:

    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions


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