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Entrepreneurship, Money, and Coordination Which way forward in Hayekian social theory: Evolution or design?backhaus’

A Research Annual

ISBN: 978-1-84663-904-3, eISBN: 978-1-84663-905-0

ISSN: 0743-4154

Publication date: 31 July 2008

Abstract

Entrepreneurship, Money, and Coordination begins with a single page introduction by the editor, Jurgen Backhaus, a well known economist now at the University of Erfurt, in which we learn that the contribution by Horst Feldmann (Hayek's theory of cultural evolution: A critique of the critiques) provided the impetus for the book's remaining six chapters, a mélange of papers by Brian J. Loasby,1 Jurgen G. Backhaus, Christian Schubert, Alexander Ebner, Martin T. Bohl and Jens Holscher, and Walter W. Heering. Unfortunately, the papers assembled here do not cohere well and in some instances are not altogether “reader-friendly.” The papers by Bohl and Holscher (a six-page overview and econometric analysis of Hayek's theory of competing currencies) and Heering (on monetary theory) seem rather disconnected from the main theme of the book. Surprisingly, Backhaus’ “Introduction” does not provide a useful integrating overview of the book's subject matter and papers, something readers surely would have appreciated from so eminent a scholar.

Citation

Butos, W.N. (2008), " Entrepreneurship, Money, and Coordination Which way forward in Hayekian social theory: Evolution or design?backhaus’", Samuels, W.J., Biddle, J.E. and Emmett, R.B. (Ed.) A Research Annual (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 26 Part 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 221-233. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0743-4154(08)26021-9

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