The Driving Force of the Collective

Post-Austrian Theory in Response to Israel Kirzner

Authors: Nell, Guinevere Liberty

  • Presents the case for a new branch of (post-)Austrian theory
  • Highlights fundamental blind spots in Austrian theory
  • Argues that modern societies need the force of both markets and collectives
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This book investigates why Austrian economists fail to apply the spontaneous order framework to cooperative relationships – such as a dynamic and evolving public sector – that might complement a thriving market. In direct response to Israel Kirzner's The Driving Force of the Market, Nell challenges traditional Austrian economics by proposing "democratic process theory" as a parallel to market process theory, highlighting the possibilities for an economic organization that harnesses the power of transparent and effective democracy. Keeping in mind the central problems experienced in socialist and capitalist countries due to self-interested political and economic actors, The Driving Force of the Collective highlights the public sector advantages of allowing culture and institutions to evolve endogenously as a spontaneous public sector order.

About the authors

Guinevere Liberty Nell studied and published in Austrian economics and Soviet history, and worked as a programmer and as a tax policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. before earning a Master's Degree in Soviet economic history from the University of Warwick, UK. She is the author of Rediscovering Fire: Basic Economic Lessons from the Soviet Experiment and Spontaneous Order and The Utopian Collective, and editor of three essay collections that push the boundaries of Austrian economics.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Collaborative Discovery and the Conversive Democratic Process: A Post-Austrian Approach

    Nell, Guinevere Liberty

    Pages 3-21

  • The Individualist Subjectivism of Austrian Economics

    Nell, Guinevere Liberty

    Pages 23-42

  • Subjectivism, Freedom, and Social-Interest

    Nell, Guinevere Liberty

    Pages 43-60

  • The Limits of Democracy: The Real and the Imagined

    Nell, Guinevere Liberty

    Pages 63-76

  • The Ethics of Competition and Cooperation

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    Pages 77-97

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Hardcover $159.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Driving Force of the Collective
Book Subtitle
Post-Austrian Theory in Response to Israel Kirzner
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46839-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46839-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47356-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 294
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