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1Introduction: Paradigms and Social scienceAmazon logo Kuhn, Thomas. Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780226458083.
2Theories of the Liberal State and PoliticsLocke, John. Second Treatise on Civil Government. Chapters 1-5 and 7-9.

Amazon logo Berlin, Isaiah. "Two Concepts of Liberty." In Four Essays on Liberty. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780192810342.

Federalist Paper #10.
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3Neo-Classical Theories of the EconomiesAmazon logo Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1982, pp. 1-55, 108-137, and 161-190. ISBN: 9780226264011.

Amazon logo Becker, Gary. The Economic Approach to Human Behavior. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1978, chapters 1, 8, 12, and 13. ISBN: 9780226041124.


Amazon logo Dobb, Maurice. Theories of Value and Distribution since Adam Smith. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1973. ISBN: 9780521201001.
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4Liberal and Neo-Classical ApproachesAmazon logo Olson, Mancur. The Logic of Collective Action. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971, chapters 1-4. ISBN: 9780674537514.

Amazon logo Hayek, Frederich. Individualism and Economic Order. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996, chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5. ISBN: 9780226320939.


Harsanyi, John. "Rational-Choice Models of Political Behavior vs. Functionalist and Conformist Theories." World Politics XXI (October 1968 - June 1969): 513-537.
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5Marxist PoliticsAmazon logo Marx, Karl. "The Communist Manifesto." In The Marx & Engels Reader. Edited by Robert C. Tucker. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1978, pp. 469-500. ISBN: 9780393090406.

———. Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. (Preface)

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. (Read in entirety, not in Tucker version.)
A version of The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon may be downloaded from Project Gutenberg.


Gramsci, Antonio. Selections From the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci. Edited by Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith. London, UK: Electric Book Co., 2001, pp. 1-276. ISBN: 1843271192.
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6Marxist Economics and Value TheoryAmazon logo Marx, Karl. "Capital. " In The Marx & Engels Reader. Edited by Robert C. Tucker. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1978, pp. 294-465. ISBN: 9780393090406.

Amazon logo Howard, M. C., and J. E. King. The Political Economy of Marx. New York, NY: New York University Press, 1988, pp. 1-180. ISBN: 9780814734537.

Amazon logo Rubin, I. I. Essays on Marx's Theory of Value . Montreal, Canada: Black Rose Books, 1996, chapters Introduction 1, 8, 18. ISBN: 9780919618183.
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7Macroeconomics and Theories of GrowthAmazon logo Keynes, J. M. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money. New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1965, chapters 1-3, 8-13, 24. ISBN: 9780156347112.

Akerlof, George A. "Behavioral Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Behavior." American Economic Review 92, no. 3 (June 2002): 411-433.

Stiglitz, Joseph E. "Information and the Change in the Paradigm in Economics." American Economic Review 92, no. 3 (June 2002): 460-501.

Romer, Paul. "The Origins of Endogenous Growth." Journal of Economic Perspectives 8, no. 1 (1994): 3-22.


Mankiw, Gregory. "A Quick Refresher Course in Macroeconomics." Journal of Economic Literature 28, no. 4 (1990).

Solow, Robert. "Perspectives on Growth Theory." Journal of Economic Perspectives 8, no. 1 (1994): 45-54.
8Sociological Theories of CapitalismAmazon logo Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. New York, NY: Routledge, 2001, chapters Introduction, 1-3, and 5. ISBN: 9780415254069.Questions (PDF)
9Sociological Theories of Capitalism (cont.)Amazon logo Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1971, chapters 3-14. ISBN: 9780807056790.Questions (PDF)
10Cultural Theories of CapitalismAmazon logo Sahlins, Marshall. Culture and Practical Reason. Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press, 1978, chapters 1, 3, and 5. ISBN: 9780226733616.Questions (PDF)
Analyzing Groups in Society: New Paradigms?
11CorporatismAmazon logo Stepan, Alfred. The State and Society: Peru in Comparative Perspective. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978, chapters 1-2. ISBN: 9780691021799.

Amazon logo Dulles, Avery. Models of the Church. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974, chapters 1 and 3. ISBN: 9780385080699.
12InstitutionalismAmazon logo North, Douglas. Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780521397346.


Immergut, Ellen M. "The Theoretical Core of the New Institutionalism." Politics and Society 8, no. 1 (March 1998): 5-34.
13New InstitutionalismAmazon logo Hall, Peter, and David Soskice. Varieties of Capitalism. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 1-68. ISBN: 9780199247752.


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