Mixed Scanning Revisited

January 01, 1986

An article on mixed scanning as a "third" approach to decision making, published in Public Administration Review, generated a steady stream of discussion, but little empirical research.

America is Unsecured

December 11, 1985

After 25 years of living in the United states (as an immigrant from Israel, often considered an Italian), I still cannot get used to the loose security of my adopted country. Married to a Hispanic, I often run into citizens of Mexico and El Salvador who walked into the country across the Rio Grande. On campus, I teach students from Iran and assorted Palestinians who simply stayed in the United States after their visas expired.

Shady Corporate Practices

November 15, 1985

Do recent reports of check-kiting (E.F. Hutton), overcharging on defense contracts (General Dynamics), failing to inform authorities of deaths to patients who took Oraflex (Eli Lilly) and employee deaths from cyanide poisoning (Film Recovery Systems) involve only a few rotten apples, or is the corporate core corrupt?

Opening the Preferences: A Socio-Economic Research Agenda

November 01, 1985

Economists tend to view preferences as given, either a subject to be studied by other disciplines or as constant and universal, and hence as not requiring study.

Socio-Economics: A New Department?

November 01, 1985

At infrequent but important junctures in the history of the academic division of labor, scholars seek recognition for new disciplines.  

America as Number One

July 07, 1985

“America as Number One,” Washington Post Book World, July 7, 1985. (Ezra Vogel, Comeback, Case by Case: Building the Resurgence of American Business.)

The Banality of Altruism

July 01, 1985

“The Banality of Altruism,” The World and I (July 1988 ed.),pp. 388-392. (Samuel and Pearl Oliner, The Altruistic Personality.)

On Solving Social Problems–Inducements or Coercion?

July 01, 1985

The difference between policies based on coercion and incentives is smaller than might first appear. Both schemes lie on a continuum, ranging between the free market and legal force.

Rationality Is Anti-Entropic

June 03, 1985

The article explores the fruitfulness of assuming all economic behavior to be non-rational unless special factors intervene to make it rational.

The Political Economy of Economic Imperfection

May 01, 1985

Economic actors also have political power. 

Making Policy for Complex Systems: A Medical Model for Economics

May 01, 1985

In recent years, policy analysts have shown a growing interest in less rationalistic policymaking models. 


The World-Class University That Our City Has Become

April 28, 1985

When I accepted a professorship at The George Washington University in 1980, several of my colleagues wondered: "Leaving Columbia University - to move to Washington?"

Toward an I & We Paradigm

March 01, 1985

“Toward an I & We Paradigm,” Contemporary Sociology 18, No. 2 (March 1989), pp. 171-176. (Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory; Michael J. Sandel, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice; Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality; Michael Walzer, Interpretation and Social Criticism; and Benjamin Barber, Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age.)

Toward Socio-Economics

March 01, 1985

“Toward Socio-Economics,” Contemporary Sociology 14, No. 2 (March 1985), pp. 178-179. (Lester C. Thurow, Dangerous Currents: The State of Economics.)

Encapsulated Competition

March 01, 1985

While economists have made perfect competition the cornerstone of modern economic theory, dissatifaction with the concept has led to many quests for "second best" concepts, including such notions as "workable competition," "monopolistic competition," and "contestable markets."