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  1. Karl Polanyi and the Writing of The Great Transformation.Fred Block - 2003 - Theory and Society 32 (3):275-306.
    Karl Polanyi's 1944 book, The Great Transformation, has been recognized as central for the field of economic sociology, but it has not been subject to the same theoretical scrutiny as other classic works in the field. This is a particular problem in that there are central tensions and complexities in Polanyi's argument. This article suggests that these tensions can be understood as a consequence of Polanyi's changing theoretical orientation. The basic outline of the book was developed in England in the (...)
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    Financial Democratization and the Transition to Socialism.Fred Block - 2019 - Politics and Society 47 (4):529-556.
    Historically, there has been little agreement between advocates of radical financial reform and socialist theoreticians. However, in the new circumstances of the twenty-first century, a productive synthesis of these two traditions might be possible. Drawing on the franchise model of credit creation elaborated by Robert C. Hockett and the dysfunctions created by the extreme concentration of private financial institutions, this article outlines a reform agenda that would both democratize finance and facilitate the flow of funds into valuable forms of investment (...)
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    Swimming Against the Current: The Rise of a Hidden Developmental State in the United States.Fred Block - 2008 - Politics and Society 36 (2):169-206.
    Despite the dominant role of market fundamentalist ideas in U.S. politics over the last thirty years, the Federal government has dramatically expanded its capacity to finance and support efforts of the private sector to commercialize new technologies. But the partisan logic of U.S. politics has worked to make these efforts invisible to mainstream public debate. The consequence is that while this “hidden developmental state” has had a major impact on the structure of the U.S. national innovation system, its ability to (...)
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    Could We End Poverty in a Postindustrial Society? The Case for a Progressive Negative Income Tax.Jeff Manza & Fred Block - 1997 - Politics and Society 25 (4):473-511.
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    In the Shadow of Speenhamland: Social Policy and the Old Poor Law.Margaret Somers & Fred Block - 2003 - Politics and Society 31 (2):283-323.
    In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act that ended the entitlement of poor families to government assistance. The debate leading up to that transformation in welfare policy occurred in the shadow of Speenhamland—an episode in English Poor Law history. This article revisits the Speenhamland episode to unravel its tangled history. Drawing on four decades of recent scholarship, the authors show that Speenhamland policies could not have had the consequences that have been attributed to (...)
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    Using Social Theory to Leap Over Historical Contingencies: A Comment on Robinson.Fred Block - 2001 - Theory and Society 30 (2):215-221.
    To be fair to Robinson, it is worth mentioning that he does offer a number of qualifications to his thesis. He tries to avoid excessive determinism and at one point suggests:A satisfactory account should not imply an evolutionary notion and should leave open the possibility of historic discontinuities and of contingencies that generate alternative pathways of development, including alternative futures.In other words, maybe this embryonic TNS will never progress beyond its current stage or perhaps it will continue to grow but (...)
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    Acknowledgment of External Reviewers for 2003.Joel Andreas, Amrita Basu, Fred Block, Davis John Boli, David Buchbinder, Fred Cooper, Clifton Crais, Bronwyn Davies, Frank Dobbin & Bruce G. Carruthers - 2004 - Theory and Society 33 (1):133-134.
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    Acknowledgment of External Reviewers for 2002.Joel Andreas, Richard Berk, Fred Block, Davis John Bowen, Ann E. Bowler, Lisa Brush, Bruce J. Caldwell, Greensboro Bruce G. Carruthers, Thomas Gold & Berkeley Mark Granovetter - 2003 - Theory and Society 32 (1):151-152.
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    Acknowledgment of External Reviewers for 2004.Elizabeth Armstrong, Ron Aminzade, Kenneth Baynes, Jerome P. Baggett, Fred Block, Christine Boyer, Gene Burns, Nick Couldry, Nick Crossley & Harry F. Dahms - 2005 - Theory and Society 34 (1):109-110.
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    Acknowledgment of External Reviewers for 2000.Fred Block, Davis James Bohman, Yang Cao, Randall Collins, Diane Davis, Jay Demerath, Brian Donovan, Steven Epstein, Adrian Favell & David Gartman - 2001 - Theory and Society 30 (1):155-156.
  11. Capitalism Without Class Power.Fred Block - 1992 - Politics and Society 20 (3):277-303.
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    Democratizing Finance.Fred Block - 2014 - Politics and Society 42 (1):3-28.
    While financial institutions have not figured prominently in utopian thinking, the democratization of finance is central to any vision of bringing contemporary economies under democratic control. This paper is an initial effort to conceptualize a series of feasible reforms that could incrementally weaken the power of incumbent financial institutions while helping to facilitate economic development that is more egalitarian and sustainable. While the focus is on the US economy, the specific ideas have relevance in other national contexts. The core of (...)
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    Economic Instability and Military Strength: The Paradoxes of the 1950 Rearmament Decision.Fred Block - 1980 - Politics and Society 10 (1):35-58.
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  14. Introduction.Fred Block - 1997 - Politics and Society 25 (4):415-416.
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  15. Introduction.Fred Block & Sean O'Riain - 2003 - Politics and Society 31 (2):187-191.
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    Introduction to the Special Issue.Fred Block - 2019 - Politics and Society 47 (4):483-489.
    This article introduces the articles and commentaries in the special issue titled “Democratizing Finance.” Here, the term “democratizing finance” focuses on reducing inequalities of income, wealth, and power.
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    New Productive Forces and the Contradictions of Contemporary Capitalism.Fred Block & Larry Hirschhorn - 1979 - Theory and Society 7 (3):363-395.
  18. Nine Theses on Twenty-First-Century Socialism.Fred Block - 2020 - Politics and Society 48 (4):553-566.
    This essay, written in memory of Erik Olin Wright, outlines nine characteristics of a future socialism. It elaborates socialism as a set of processes and institutional arrangements that would open the way to a society that is radically more democratic, more just, and more sustainable than the existing order.
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    Political Choice and the Multiple “Logics” of Capital.Fred Block - 1986 - Theory and Society 15 (1-2):175-192.
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  20. Postindustrial Development and the Obsolescence of Economic Categories.Fred Block - 1985 - Politics and Society 14 (1):71-104.
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  21. Relational Work in Market Economies: Introduction.Fred Block - 2012 - Politics and Society 40 (2):135-144.
    This article introduces the special issue on “Relational Work in Market Economies” by explaining the origins of the concept and its value in illuminating a dimension of market activity that has not been systematically addressed by social scientists. It also explains why this focus on individual economic transactions could be relevant for those whose interest centers on broader questions of political economy. Finally, there are brief descriptions of the other six articles that make up this special issue.
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  22. The Contradictory Logics of Financialization: Bringing Together Hyman Minsky and Karl Polanyi.Fred Block - 2016 - Politics and Society 44 (1):3-13.
    This introduction explains the logic of bringing together the perspectives of Hyman Minsky and Karl Polanyi to analyze processes of financialization. Although Minsky and Polanyi have very different intellectual trajectories, there are important complementarities in their approaches. The introduction also explains the focus of the three papers in this special section written by Kurtuluş Gemici, Lucas Kirkpatrick, and David Woodruff.
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    Think Tanks, Free Market Academics, and the Triumph of the Right.Fred Block - 2013 - Theory and Society 42 (6):647-651.
  24. Understanding the Diverging Trajectories of the United States and Western Europe: A Neo-Polanyian Analysis.Fred Block - 2007 - Politics and Society 35 (1):3-33.
    This article proposes a neo-Polanyian theoretical framework for understanding the dynamics within contemporary market societies. It uses this framework to analyze the divergence between the United States and other developed societies that has become more pronounced in the first years of the twenty-first century. The argument emphasizes the shifting political alliances of the business community in the United States and suggests that from 1994 onward, business lost power in the right-wing coalition to its religious Right allies. The growing power of (...)
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    Déjà Vu, All Over Again: A Comment on Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, “Winner-Take-All Politics”.Frances Fox Piven & Fred Block - 2010 - Politics and Society 38 (2):205-211.
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  26. Introduction to the Special Issue.Gay Seidman, Magali Sarfatti Larson & Fred Block - 2020 - Politics and Society 48 (4):455-466.
    This essay introduces a special issue of Politics & Society in memory of Erik Olin Wright.
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    Against Polanyian Orthodoxy: A Reply to Hannes Lacher.Margaret Somers & Fred Block - 2021 - Theory and Society 50 (3):417-441.
    Hannes Lacher’s article misrepresents and then denounces both the substance and the spirit of our book, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique. Lacher claims his interpretation of Polanyi to be the only acceptable one, and vociferously alerts readers to beware the dangerous influence of our work. Because we continue to believe that familiarity with Polanyi’s theoretical framework is valuable for those resisting the depredations of neoliberalism and authoritarianism, we restate our commitment to interpreting Polanyi’s work in the most (...)
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    The Return of Karl Polanyi.Margaret Somers & Fred Block - forthcoming - Rhuthmos.
    Cet article a déjà paru dans Dissent, Spring 2014. Nous remercions Margaret Somers et Fred Block, ainsi que la revue Dissent, de nous avoir donné l'autorisation de le reproduire sur RHUTHMOS. On le trouvera en ligne également ici. In the first half century of Dissent's history, Karl Polanyi almost never made an appearance in the magazine's pages. On one level this is surprising, because Polanyi was a presence in socialist circles in New York City from 1947 through the mid-1950s, the (...)
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