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Remedial economic theory

I've had this concept in my head that I'm pretty sure I picked up in economics/management studies but I can't recall its name: The division of labor between an executive and her direct support staff is that staff can advise the executive about decisions to make, but ultimately she makes the decision and they then have to carry out that directive or policy (regardless of whether it's justified in their opinion). I had assumed I was thinking of the principal-agent problem, but that's clearly something else. What is this concept called?
posted by psoas on Oct 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Rethinking my MA thesis topic - is it too late to change direction?

I submitted a prospectus to my thesis committee last month, but haven't started work on the thesis. Since I submitted the prospectus, I've come to have some doubts about whether or not this is the thesis topic for me. I'd like to take things in a slightly different, but still related, direction. Is is too late for me to do that without coming across as flaky, uncommitted, or reluctant to accept criticism? [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Jul 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Recommendations for biographies of big thinkers

I just finished reading Jeremy Adelman's biography of Albert O. Hirschman. I loved the book because it vividly explained Hirschman's ideas (he was an economist and scholar of political thought) and because Hirschman had a fascinating and compelling life story. Can you recommend biographies of major thinkers in the social sciences and philosophy?
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me find and explore the methodological pigeon-hole of my department

Help me to philosophically pigeon-hole what I take to be the methodological views of many professors in my economics department. Then help me to explore that and other pigeon-holes. [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Dec 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me understand the way the world works!

I follow politics and current events, especially international politics, fanatically. I know next to nothing about economic systems, philosophy (particularly political philosophy), sociology, and other basics of social science that could be useful when trying to make sense of the world, though. I would like to change this. [more inside]
posted by dcheeno on Apr 13, 2011 - 25 answers

Book suggestions?

I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 answers

Atlas Scowled Mightily

What single book presents the most forceful argument against both Randian Objectivism and the libertarian political philosophy that presents itself (in some ways, at least) as having followed naturally from Rand's ideas? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on May 11, 2009 - 28 answers

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? Please share your wisdom.

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Jun 21, 2006 - 33 answers

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