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The Morphogenetic Foundations of Economic Change

  • Benjamen GussenEmail author
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Abstract

Building on the synthesis in Chap.  5, this chapter explains mechanisms of economic change based on analogies with biology. The analysis in this chapter does not only attempt to understand social reality but to change it. It is also post-structural in that it focuses on structures and texts, and it requires a wider understanding of social change in order to understand the basis of economic change. The aim is to discover hypotheses embedded in the wider context of social change. Social change itself can be decomposed into a number of different strands: change as transformation, change as replacement, and change as addition or reduction. Only replacement is associated with qualitative change, and hence evolution. In the final analysis, economic change is linked to the structure of the political state. Pathologies of economic change, including morphostasis, necessitate a rethinking of political organization. The principle of subsidiarity, with a praxis inspired by sovereign cities, is imperative for the continuous evolution of societies, and hence economies. The common link in this school of thought could be described in many ways. Whatever we decide to attribute to the common link that brings the school together, we are bound to note its emphasis on city confederations that would ultimately bring political unification on a global scale. Such unification is not through a top-down approach, but one where local autonomy takes the lead in policy prescription at all scales. In this future, nation-state becomes subsidiary. Sovereign cities replace nation-states on the ‘international’ stage.

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