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Policy Arena: Linking Micro And Macro Research: A Sociological Perspective



    (Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, UK)


This paper is based on research in sub-Saharan Africa, although the conceptual framework developed may be applied in any context. The theoretical section discusses conceptions of people, the division of labour, macro-micro conceived as structure and action, the analytical distinction between system and social integration, macro-micro conceived as impact, emergent properties, hierarchies, interfaces, networks of power, and globalization. Section 3 describes the conceptual framework and Section 4 highlights eight applications. In conclusion, the study of economic functioning and human wellbeing in current conditions requires multi-disciplinarity and attention to four levels of analysis: global, macro, meso and micro. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Philippa Bevan, 1997. "Policy Arena: Linking Micro And Macro Research: A Sociological Perspective," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(5), pages 761-770.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:9:y:1997:i:5:p:761-770 DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1328(199707)9:5<761::AID-JID442>3.0.CO;2-3

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    1. McCarthy, F. Desmond & Dhareshwar, Ashok, 1992. "Economic shocks and the global environment," Policy Research Working Paper Series 870, The World Bank.
    2. Dornbusch, Rudiger & Helmers, F. Leslie C. H. (ed.), 1988. "The Open Economy: Tools for Policymakers in Developing Countries," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195207095.
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