- Copyright Page
- About the Editors
- Abbreviated Titles for Max Weber’s Texts
- Chronology of Max Weber’s Life
- Max Weber Past, Present, and Future
- Economics and Society and the Fate of Liberal Capitalism
- Max Weber’s Analysis of Capitalism
- Money, Credit, and Finance in Capitalism
- Law and the Development of Capitalism
- Is There a Future for Bourgeois Liberalism?
- Contemporary Capitalism and the Distribution of Power in Society
- Weberian Social Theory: Rationalization in a Globalized World
- Democracy, Partisanship, and Civil Society
- Nation, Nation-State, and Nationalism
- The Weberian City, Civil Society, and Turkish Social Thought
- The Modern State and Its Monopoly on Violence
- The Relevance of Weber’s Conception and Typology of Herrschaft
- The Supranational Dimension in Max Weber’s Vision of Politics
- Plebiscitary Politics and the Threats to Legality: Some Classical Insights on a Current Phenomenon
- Politics and Ethics, and the Ethic of Politics
- Max Weber’s Ethics for the Modern World
- Max Weber and the Late Modernization of Catholicism
- The “Disenchantment of the World” or Why We Can No Longer Use the Formula as Max Weber Might Have Intended
- The Literati and the Dao: Vernacular and Nation in China
- Class, Caste, and Social Stratification in India: Weberian Legacy
- Including Islam
- The Study on Ancient Israel and Its Relevance for Contemporary Politics
- The Rationalizations of Culture and Their Directions
- Max Weber and the Sociology of Music
- Contemporary Life Conduct and Existential Cultures
- From Occidental Rationalism to Multiple Modernities
- Max Weber and the Idea of the Occident
- Intellectuals, Scholars, and the Value of Science
- The Iron Cage in the Information Age: Bureaucracy as Tangible Manifestation of a Deep Societal Phenomenon
- Causation, Value Judgments, Verstehen
- Realism and Reality in Max Weber
Abstract and Keywords
Weber’s writings on economic history, economic policy, and schools of economics and his teaching of economics are outlined. His engagement with, and expertise in, economics are revealed to be more extensive than is generally appreciated. The full potential of his major work Economy and Society has yet to be exploited, and this requires a clearer grasp of Weber as an economist. His critique of the scientific claims of modern economics is still relevant, and this is illustrated through his use of the Austrian marginalist school. The appropriation of Weber’s supposed individualist social science by Mises and Hayek is shown to be misplaced. The relevance of Weber’s writings as an economist for the analysis of contemporary “neoliberal” societies is explored. Weber combines a knowledge of neoclassical economics with an awareness of how economic power is deployed to seek out profit opportunities. The similarities between the liberal laissez-faire economics of his day and the neoliberal regime that has taken hold since the 1980s now allow us to appreciate fully his economic sociology and apply it to contemporary capitalist practices. Weber’s analysis of the economic division of labor yields a conceptual distinction between rentier and acquisitive capitalism and explains how rentiers can form a status group and intervene in bourgeois parliamentary democracy. Weber’s distinctive approach makes possible the analysis of the interrelation between economic power, economic ideas, and the spheres of politics and social stratification.
Sam Whimster is Professor Emeritus of Sociology in the Global Policy Institute, London, and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He is the editor of the journal Max Weber Studies and the author of Understanding Weber (Routledge, 2007; Portuguese translation 2007). He edited, with Hans Henrik Bruun, Max Weber's Collected Methodological Writings (Routledge, 2012). He is co-author of Federal Central Banks (Forum Press, 2018).
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