Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Economics

First Advisor

John Hall

Subjects

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) -- Influence, C. Wright Mills (Charles Wright) 1916-1962 -- Criticism and interpretation, Institutional economics

DOI

10.15760/honors.237

Abstract

This inquiry considers and also seeks to establish theoretical relationships between the thinking and contributions of Thorstein Veblen and C. Wright Mills. Selected writings of Veblen have not only formed new approaches to the discipline of Economics, but also influenced prominent scholars, like Mills. In his contributions, Veblen employs various approaches to social science analysis, such as use of dichotomy (Veblenian Dichotomy), subreption, and cumulative causation in his efforts to describe social change within an evolutionary-institutionalist framework. While not being explicit, some contributions of Mills utilize similar approaches advanced earlier by Veblen. In summary, Mills’ contributions to sociology appear to be heavily influenced by Veblen’s seminal contributions to institutional thought.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Economics.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/17265

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