On means and ends in structural economic analysis: broadening the field of enquiry

Cardinale, Ivano. 2022. On means and ends in structural economic analysis: broadening the field of enquiry. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 61, pp. 450-457. ISSN 0954-349X [Article]

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Structural economic analysis (SEA) can be characterized as addressing means-ends problems at the systemic level. The paper argues that SEA can provide the theoretical tools for a broader field of enquiry, where the production system shapes the constraints and opportunities not only of a ‘systemic actor’ who pursues objectives on behalf of the entire system, but also of a variety of potential political-economic actors who pursue their own objectives. Doing so requires three analytical steps. First, instead of assuming the relevant actors at the outset, each model in SEA can be taken as suggesting different social aggregations that might count as actors. Second, productive structure can be interpreted, from the viewpoint of different actors, as imposing different constraints on, and offering different opportunities to, those actors. Third, we need to study which aggregations will count as the relevant actors in the situation under analysis.

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Political economy of structural change; Structural economic analysis; Structural political economy; Special interest groups; Systemic interest

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Institute of Management Studies
Institute of Management Studies > Structural Economic Analysis


6 September 2021Accepted
8 September 2021Published Online
11 June 2022Published

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05 Oct 2021 08:43

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19 Feb 2024 16:37

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