- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies, Continuing Entanglements
- Michel Foucault and the Administering of Lives
- Bourdieu and Organizational Theory: A Ghostly Apparition?
- The Making of a Paradigm: Exploring the Potential of the Economy of Convention and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique
- Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist
- A Theory of ‘Agencing’: On Michel Callon’s Contribution to Organizational Knowledge and Practice
- Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorist
- Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies: Contributions and Future Prospects
- Bhaskar and Critical Realism
- The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations
- C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power
- Organizational Analysis: Goffman and Dramaturgy
- Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology
- Rational Choice Theory and the Analysis of Organizations
- Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations
- Risk, Social Theories, and Organizations
- Arlie Russell Hochschild: Spacious Sociologies of Emotion
- Discourse and Communication
- The Second Time Farce: Business School Ethicists and the Emergence of Bastard Rawlsianism
- Hayek and Organization Studies
- Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies
- What’s New in the ‘<i>New</i>, New Economic Sociology’ and Should Organization Studies Care?
- Critical Theory and Organization Studies
- British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution
- Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory
- Engendering the Organizational: Feminist Theorizing and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies and the Subjects of Imperialism
- Space and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies, Sociology, and the Quest for a Public Organization Theory
- What Makes Organization? Organizational Theory as a ‘Practical Science’
Abstract and Keywords
John Rawls is easily the most cited modern philosopher within the business ethics literature. A casual observer might assume that this is a result of his concern with such important and controversial issues as the distribution of wealth and income, and the resulting impact that these have on politics. This, however, is not the case. Rawls is most commonly cited for his ‘veil of ignorance’, a heuristic for developing ethical principles. While his ‘difference principle’ has occasionally appeared within the business ethics literature, it has rarely been applied as he intended to the distribution of income. This neglect of the central thrust of Rawls’s work is reminiscent of how post-war American economists made Keynes politically palatable by ignoring the more controversial aspects of his work. However, while these ‘bastard’ Keynesians actually impacted public policy with often tragic results, contemporary ‘bastard’ Rawlsians have had no discernible effect on the larger society.
Richard Marens is Professor of Management at Sacramento State University. He has published in a number of management and business ethics journals. His research interests include the financial activism of labour unions, the evolution of corporate social responsibility, and the rise and decline of middle management.
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