Eastern Europe: The Wealth of Lessons

July 01, 1991

Frictions-psychological, sociological, political-is a major social science variable. During changes, friction is high. The post-communist transition from command economics to freer ones vividly highlights the perils of ignoring this basic factor.

A New Plea for the Public’s Interest

May 07, 1991

Americans have recently called for more government services, but showed greater opposition to new taxes; the express their willingness to show the flag anywhere from Central America to the Gulf, but many are reluctant to serve in the armed forces; and they have a firm sense that one ought to have the right to be tried before a jury of one’s peers, but evade serving on such juries.

Socio-Economics: The Next Steps

May 07, 1991

Socioeconomists should not act like shoemakers who have no time to make shoes for themselves.

Health Care Rationing: A Critical Evaluation

May 07, 1991

 “Health Care Rationing: A Critical Evaluation,” Health Affairs, Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer (1991). pp. 88-95.

The Socio-Economics of Property

May 07, 1991

It is suggested that in future work it will be useful to recognize that property exists on two levels: symbolic and real.


The Good Polity: Can We Design It?

May 07, 1991

Depicting a good polity, one that is morally superior and desired, is relatively easy. 


A Vote for Peer Pressure

May 05, 1991

The moaning and groaning coming from American corporations seems excessive. It has been going on since well before the United States Sentencing Commission presented its recommendations on penalties for corporate crime to Congress last week, and it may even accelerate while Congress studies the report.

Beyond Peeping Toms

April 01, 1991

A subtle change is taking place in Washington, and this time it is for the better: confressional leaders are reportedly moving to return to the days when the private affairs of members of the House and Senate were considered their personal matters.

Helping the Homeless Help Themselves

March 18, 1991

Among the least reported results of last November’s elections - and one that is only now coming into effect - was the insistence by voters of the District of Columbia that residents of the city’s homeless shelters attend rehabilitative programs, work, and save for their future housing.

Label Em Hazardous: Economic Forecasters are in Deep Voodoo

March 01, 1991

If the press reported daily on changes in the emperor's wardrobe, the people would believe he was wearing clothes. 


The special-interest cookie jar is covered with fingerprints

February 08, 1991

During last year’s Senate hearings on the Keating scandal, Sen. Alan Cranston accused his colleagues of “sheer hypocrisy” for bringing him up on charges, correctly implying that many of his fellow politicians could easily have been lined up right next to him.

Socio-Economics Revisited

February 02, 1991

Parsons' Marshall Lectures were an important and still are a relevant contribution to the critique of the utilitarian, rationalist, radically individualist paradigm which still dominates scholarship, especially economics, today.

The New Rugged Communitarianism

January 20, 1991

For several years, on many fronts, champions of greater responsibility to the community have become something of a new force in American life. They think of themselves as “communitarians,” though so far there is no registry of communitarians and no formal association. Nevertheless, their influence is real enough, and so are their objectives: to evolve public policies, moral norms, and regulatory guidelines that will correct what they perceive as excessive, “radical” individualism.

Too Many Rights, Too Few Responsibilities

January 01, 1991

Sometimes a finding in a survey, while of limited significance by itself, illuminates the encompassing, even debilitating, deficiency of a broader issue. One such finding has it that young Americans expect to have the right to be tried before a jury of their peers, bur are quite reluctant to participate in jury duty.

The Socio-Economic View of Redevelopment

January 01, 1991

In recent years the USA economy has exhibited signs of becoming a member of a category of economy best termed underdeveloping.