Lee Cronk and Beth L. Leech, Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the social and evolutionary roots of cooperation

Lee Cronk and Beth L. Leech, Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the social and evolutionary... Rev Austrian Econ (2014) 27:115–117 DOI 10.1007/s11138-013-0224-x Lee Cronk and Beth L. Leech, Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the social and evolutionary roots of cooperation Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. xi + 246 pages. $29.95 Richard E. Wagner Published online: 23 May 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 The point of departure for economic theory resides in recognition that economic activities entail coherence among people even though that coherence is not a product of some person’s plan. That coherence is nothing like that of a parade and resembles instead that which people experience while passing through a busy piazza. This book, written by an anthropologist (Cronk) and a political scientist (Leech), probes the social and evolutionary roots of cooperation, and locates that cooperation in a conjunction of biological imperatives and emergent institutional patterns. Readers of this Review will find much useful insight, for the book is redolent with Austrian themes. The book’s title acknowledges a point Thomas Schelling once made about how focal points can serve to coordinate activities, and with those points often described as “Schelling Points.” You have agreed to meet someone in New York at noon on a particular day, but forgot where you http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Review of Austrian Economics Springer Journals

Lee Cronk and Beth L. Leech, Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the social and evolutionary roots of cooperation

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2013 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
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Economics / Management Science; Public Finance & Economics; Political Science, general; Methodology and the History of Economic Thought
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0889-3047
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1573-7128
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10.1007/s11138-013-0224-x
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Rev Austrian Econ (2014) 27:115–117 DOI 10.1007/s11138-013-0224-x Lee Cronk and Beth L. Leech, Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the social and evolutionary roots of cooperation Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. xi + 246 pages. $29.95 Richard E. Wagner Published online: 23 May 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 The point of departure for economic theory resides in recognition that economic activities entail coherence among people even though that coherence is not a product of some person’s plan. That coherence is nothing like that of a parade and resembles instead that which people experience while passing through a busy piazza. This book, written by an anthropologist (Cronk) and a political scientist (Leech), probes the social and evolutionary roots of cooperation, and locates that cooperation in a conjunction of biological imperatives and emergent institutional patterns. Readers of this Review will find much useful insight, for the book is redolent with Austrian themes. The book’s title acknowledges a point Thomas Schelling once made about how focal points can serve to coordinate activities, and with those points often described as “Schelling Points.” You have agreed to meet someone in New York at noon on a particular day, but forgot where you

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Published: May 23, 2013

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