The Economy of Esteem: An Essay on Civil and Political Society

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This groundbreaking book by two distinguished scholars from different disciplines begins by outlining the psychology of esteem and the way the working of that psychology can give rise to an economy. It then shows how a variety of social patterns that are otherwise anomalous come to make a lot of sense within an economics of esteem. And it looks, finally, at the ways in which the economy of esteem may be reshaped so as to make for an improvement -- by reference to received criteria -- in overall social outcomes. While making connections with older patterns of social theorising, it offers a novel orientation for contemporary thought about how society works and how it may be made to work. It puts the economy of esteem firmly on the agenda of economic and social science and of moral and political theory.

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Philip Pettit was born (1945) and trained in Ireland, first at the National University (Maynooth College), where he took a BA. and M.A, and later at Queen's University, Belfast, where he took his Ph.D. He taught in University College, Dublin (1968-72, 1975-77) before holding a Research Fellowship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1972-75) and then, in 1977, taking the Chair of Philosophy at Bradford University. He moved to the Australian National University in 1983, where he was Professor of Social and Political Theory until 2002, when he moved to Princeton University. He taught at Columbia University as a regular Visiting Professor of Philosophy from 1997 to 2001. He teaches political theory and philosophy at Princeton, where he is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics. Geoffrey Brennan trained originally as a public economist, but increasingly works in rational actor political theory. He was for ten years in the department of Public Finance at ANU, before he went to a Professorship in the Public Choice Center at Virginia Tech where he worked with Nobel Laureate James Buchanan. In 1983, he returned to the ANU to be head of the Economics Department and in 1991 became Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, a position which he held until 1997. He is currently Editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy, and President of the Public Choice Society. He currently holds a Chair in the RSSS in the Social and Political Theory Program.

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"An example of how economists are taking an interdisciplinary approach to their research and writing, which is helping make their work more accessible and relevant.... This is very far from the kind of economics so many of us suffered through in Econ 101.... The analytical rigor of conventional economists needs to be combined with a rich understanding of the human context. Fortunately, that is what more and more economists, including the authors ... are doing."--Strategy + Business


"In Esteem, Brennan, an economist by training, and Pettit, a philosopher and political theorist, attempt to redirect the attention of social scientists back to classical writings from Aristotle to Adam Smith, David Hume, and James Madison on one of humans' fundamental needs--our desire for prestige, recognition, approbation, status, or what these authors term esteem, a highly-valued "commodity" but one not so subject to the usual supply-demand forces and characteristics.... This is a well-researched, well-presented serious piece of scholarship that social scientists and other academics will appreciate and applaud.... Highly Recommended."--Choice


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