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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics and University Honors
Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) -- Influence, C. Wright Mills (Charles Wright) 1916-1962 -- Criticism and interpretation, Institutional economics
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.
Klosterman, Matthew, "Mills and Veblen: An Institutional Analysis" (2016). University Honors Theses. Paper 236.