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Early Economic Sociology and Contextual Economics: The Weber-Wieser Connection

Kolev, Stefan

Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 138 (2018), Iss. 1: pp. 1–30

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Kolev, Stefan, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Dr.-Friedrichs-Ring 2A, 08056 Zwickau, Germany.

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This paper addresses the parallel emergence of economic sociology within the Younger Historical School and the Austrian School. It reconstructs biographically the relationship of two key economic sociologists: Max Weber (1864–1920) and Friedrich von Wieser (1851–1926). Reconstructing Weber’s interactions with the Austrian economists and the joint pursuit of the research program “Social Economics” is illuminating for Weber’s attitude to economics and helps to correct clichés about the irreconcilability between the schools. For contextual economics, understanding the “outsourcing” of contextualism into sociology initiated in the age of Weber and Wieser can be decisive for the future “re-import” into economics.

JEL Codes: A11, B13, B15, B25, B31, P16, Z13

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Stefan Kolev: Early Economic Sociology and Contextual Economics:The Weber-Wieser Connection 1
Abstract 1
1. Introduction 2
2. Socialization in the haute bourgeoisie of Vienna and Berlin 4
3. Between the Imperial Capitals’ Universities and Heidelberg:The Karl Knies Connection 5
4. Institutional Interactions: Verein für Socialpolitik’s 1909 Vienna Meeting and the Sociological Societies 9
5. The Weber-Wieser Cooperationin the Grundriß der Sozialökonomik Project 1
6. Weber’s Brief Affair with the University of Vienna 1917 – 1918 1
7. The Weber-Wieser Program of “Social Economics” and Contextual Economics 1
8. Concluding Remarks 2
Diary Notes from the Friedrich von Wieser Archives(OeStA) 2
Correspondence from the Max Weber Complete Edition (MWG) 2
References 2