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Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy

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Uncertain Futures considers how economists visualize the future and decide how to act in conditions of uncertainty. Because dynamic capitalist economies are characterized by innovation and novelty they exhibit an indeterminacy that cannot be reduced. This book questions how expectations can be formed and decisions made in spite of uncertainty.
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Sidonie Naulin, University Grenoble Alpes, European Journal of Sociologu By making the reader enter the complex worlds of uncertainty management in the economy, Uncertain Futures demonstrates the richness of the contemporary field of research about "futures" in the social sciences....This book offers great insights for any socialscientist interested in future management and social action.

Waltraud Schelkle (LSE), Economic Sociology An edited volume is usually less than the sum of its parts. It is the other way round in the case of the volume edited by Jens Beckert and Richard Bronk. The intellectual heavyweight of an introduction frames the other, conceptual and empirical, chapters. It gives the reader an elaborate language for describing the phenomena that constitute uncertain futures and distils what the chapters find out about the ways agents deal with fundamental uncertainty . . . The real
point about uncertain futures is that what generates uncertainty is not "out there" but generated inside the system to which it refers.

Dylan Cassar, The British Journal of Sociology Collectively, the essential introduction and the selected chapters form a powerful and well-developed contribution to current knowledge about the economy in the social sciences. Indeed, what is most striking in this volume is that it successfully offers 'an unashamedly interdisciplinary' (ix) outlook towards economic action under conditions of uncertainty, bringing together several disciplines, from sociology, political economy and anthropology, to social
psychology and economics... Whatever the uncertain future may hold for it, Beckert's and Bronk's Uncertain Futures is highly recommended for a wide range of readers, being able to speak to economic sociologists, anthropologists, political economists, psychologists and, why not, economists, too.

Ekaterina Svetlova, LSE Review of Books Uncertain Futures is a thought-provoking and analytically helpful book. It corrects some established assumptions in economics and sociology and proposes directions for further research in such important fields as decision-making under uncertainty, economic microfoundations and sociology of expectations.

William A. Allen, Visitor, National Institute of Economic and Social Research Uncertain Futures is a stimulating and diverse collection of papers about the consequences of radical uncertainty and how they are managed in practice. As the clear and comprehensive introduction by the editors explains, devices such as narratives, stories, conversations and 'imaginaries' give shape to expectations of the future. .. . Radical uncertainty is not a new concept, but it nevertheless receives less attention than it really deserves. Uncertain
Futures is a very welcome and interesting antidote. It left this reader with an enhanced understanding of the expedients that are customarily used as means of either overcoming or else tacitly ignoring radical uncertainty, and of the dangers...

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Jens Beckert is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He studied sociology and business administration at the Freie Universitat Berlin and the New School for Social Research in New York. Beckert was a visiting fellow at the Sociology Department of Princeton University in 1994/95 and at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University in 2001/02. In 2007/08 he was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2012/13 he was a resident at the Institut d(1)etudes avancees in Paris and in 2015/16 visiting researcher at SciencesPo in Paris. His research focuses on the fields of economic sociology, sociology of inheritance, organization theory, and social theory. Richard Bronk is a visiting fellow in the European Institute at the London School of Economic and Political Science. Educated at Merton College, Oxford where he gained a first-class degree in Literae Humaniores, he then spent seventeen years in the City of London - including senior positions in fund management and as Adviser on European capital markets at the Bank of England. From 2000-2007, Bronk was a Teaching Fellow at the European Institute, LSE - lecturing on varieties of capitalism and European political economy. His research now focuses on the role of imagination and language in economics, the dangers of analytical and regulatory monocultures, and the epistemology of markets. His approach to philosophy of economics is grounded in a history of ideas perspective and in his practical experience in markets and economic policy.


1: Jens Beckert and Richard Bronk: An Introduction to Uncertain Futures Section I: The Nature of Expectations in Modern Political Economies 2: Robert Boyer: Expectations, Narratives, and Socio-Economic Regimes 3: David Tuckett: Conviction Narrative Theory and Understanding Decision-Making in Economics and Finance 4: Jenny Andersson: Arctic Futures: Expectations, Interests, Claims, and the Making of Arctic Territory Section II: The Strange World of Economic Forecasting 5: Werner Reichmann: The Interactional Foundations of Economic Forecasting 6: Olivier Pilmis: Escaping the Reality Test: How Macroeconomic Forecasters Deal with 'Errors' 7: Andrew G. Haldane: Uncertainty in Macroeconomic Modelling Section III: The Role of Narratives and Planning in Central Banking 8: Douglas R. Holmes: A Tractable Future: Central Banks in Conversation with their Publics 9: Benjamin Braun: Central Bank Planning? Unconventional Monetary Policy and the Price of Bending the Yield Curve Section IV: Constructing Futures in Finance 10: Elena Esposito: Predicted Uncertainty: Volatility Calculus and the Indeterminacy of the Future 11: Natalia Besedovsky: Uncertain Meanings of Risk: Calculative Practices and Risk Conceptions in Credit Rating Agencies Section V: Managing Expectations in Innovative Business 12: Martin Giraudeau: Processing the Future: Venture Project Evaluation at American Research and Development Corporation (1946-1973) 13: Liliana Doganova: Discounting and the Making of the Future: On Uncertainty in Forest Management and Drug Development 14: Timur Ergen: The Dilemma between Aligned Expectations and Diversity in Innovation: Evidence from Early Energy Technology Policies