Sociology of the Invisible Hand (Table of content / draft)

Adriana Mica, Katarzyna M. Wyrzykowska, Rafał Wiśniewski and Iwona Zielińska (eds.)

Peter Lang (work in progress)

(1 December 2017)



Foreword and Acknowledgements

Adriana Mica, Katarzyna M. Wyrzykowska, Iwona Zielińska and Rafał Wiśniewski: Three in One: Invisible Hand-Type Theories in Sociology

Part 1: Related, but different from the invisible hand

  • Craig Smith – The Invisible Hand and Political Philosophy
  • Frederick G. Whelan – Contrary Effects and the Reverse Invisible Hand in Hume and Smith (reprint chapter 4 from Political Thought of Hume and his Contemporaries: Enlightenment Projects Vol. 2 / Routledge, 2015
  • Jocelyn Pixley – Money versus System Integration Concept
  • Emma Tieffenbach – The Explanatory Power(s) of Unintended Consequences
  • Sebastian Giacovelli – The “Invisible Hand”: A Fiction with Real Consequences
  • Karl-Dieter Opp – The Interdependence of Spontaneous Order and Institutional Design: Table Manners, Daylight Saving Time, Language, and the Erosion of Institutional Design Under Communist Rule

Part 2: Even better than the invisible hand

  • Helmut K. Anheier – The Principle of the Hiding Hand Revisited
  • Bruna Ingrao – Invisible or Visible Hands? The Image of Markets in Contemporary Macroeconomics
  • Zbigniew Szkop, Rafał Wiśniewski and Marta Sylla – Payment for Ecosystem Services as a Potential Remedy for Market Failures

Part 3: The invisible hand, but not of the market

  • Francisco Fernandez de Castro and Raul P. Lejano – Program Implementation and the Invisible Hand of Community: The Experience of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Northern Mexico
  • Steve McDonald, Scott T. Grether, Kim S. Holland and Hannah McQueen – Serendipity in the Online Job Market
  • Mikołaj Pawlak and Michał Kotnarowski – The Invisible Hand of Social Capital: Evidence from the Polish Labor Market
  • Loïc Wacquant – Crafting the Neoliberal State: Workfare, Prisonfare and Social Insecurity


Adriana Mica, Katarzyna M. Wyrzykowska, Rafał Wiśniewski and Iwona Zielińska: Invisible Hand in Sociology: Where Does It Take Us?