The 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)

(6 July 2017)


Table of content



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
  • Jocelyn Pixley – Money versus System Integration Concepts
  • 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
  • Zbigniew Szkop, Rafał Wiśniewski and Marta Sylla – Payment for Ecosystem Services as a Potential Remedy for Market Failures
  • 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
  • Emma Tieffenbach – Invisible-hand Explanations, the Blindness Assumption and the Anti-Design Plea


Part 2: Even better than the invisible hand

  • Bruna Ingrao – Invisible or Visible Hands? The Image of Markets in Contemporary Macroeconomics
  • Helmut K. Anheier – The Principle of the Hiding Hand Revisited
  • Karol Muszyński – Emergence of Unintended Fit and Theory of Institutional Change. Case Study of Polish Employment Regulations and Post-crisis Public Policies


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

  • Loïc Wacquant – Crafting the Neoliberal State: Workfare, Prisonfare and Social Insecurity
  • 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
  • Ewa Radomska – Invisible Hand of the Law on the Example of the Spontaneous Order of Copyright


Adriana Mica, Rafał Wiśniewski, Katarzyna M. Wyrzykowska, Iwona Zielińska: Conclusions