1. David Ciepley (2004). Authority in the Firm (and the Attempt to Theorize It Away). Critical Review 16 (1):81-115.
    Abstract The classical case for market society appeals to the complementary goods of economic liberty and maximum wealth. A market society overgrown with economic firms, however, partly sacrifices liberty for the sake of wealth. This point was accepted by prewar, theorists of the economic firm, such as Frank Knight and Ronald Coase, and the attempt to moderate, or compensate for, the constriction of economic liberty was a central struggle of the Progressive Era. Since World War II, however, neoclassical economists have (...)
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  2. David Ciepley (2000). Why the State Was Dropped in the First Place: A Prequel to Skocpol's “Bringing the State Back In”. Critical Review 14 (2-3):157-213.
    Abstract Around the time of World War II, just as the American state was acquiring new levels of capacity for autonomous action, the state was dropped from American social science, as part of the reaction to the rise of totalitarianism. All traces of state autonomy, now understood as ?state coercion,? were expunged from the image of American democracy. In this ideological climate, the ?society?centered? frameworks of pluralism and structural?functionalism that Skocpol criticizes swept the field. Skocpol's call for a return to (...)
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  3. David Ciepley (1999). Democracy Despite Voter Ignorance: A Weberian Reply to Somin and Friedman. Critical Review 13 (1-2):191-227.
    Abstract Ilya Somin finds in the public's ignorance of policy issues a reason to reduce the size and scope of government. But one cannot restrict the range of issues that may be raised in a democracy without it ceasing to be a democracy. Jeffrey Friedman argues that, since feedback on the quality of private goods is superior to feedback on the quality of public policies, ?privatizing? public decisions might improve their quality. However, the quality of feedback depends upon the nature (...)
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