Theorizing Competition. An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Genesis of a Contested Concept

SPACE Working Paper Series, No. 3

17 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2021

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Stephan Puehringer

Johannes Kepler University of Linz - Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE)

Georg Wolfmayr

University of Vienna

Carina Altreiter

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Social Sciences

Claudius Gräbner

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Ana Rogojanu

University of Vienna

Date Written: November 5, 2020

Abstract

Competition is at the core of economics, being both a central concept of economic reasoning and a main prerequisite for economic action. Yet, the attempt of a clear definition of competition is challenging as the concept of competition has been used in different historical and disciplinary contexts. This paper provides an analytical and historical comparison between conceptions of competition from economics, sociology and anthropology. Our interdisciplinary review and systematisation show how different conceptions of competition are bound up with different ways to theorize the relation between an “economic realm” and a “social realm”. By focusing on the scope and normative implications of these concepts, we aim to develop a better understanding of competitization, i.e. the expansion of competitive modes of regulation and practices.

Keywords: competition; interdisciplinarity; competitization; ‘economic’ and ‘social’ realm

JEL Classification: B1, B5, P16

Suggested Citation

Puehringer, Stephan and Wolfmayr, Georg and Altreiter, Carina and Gräbner, Claudius and Rogojanu, Ana, Theorizing Competition. An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Genesis of a Contested Concept (November 5, 2020). SPACE Working Paper Series, No. 3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3725525 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3725525

Stephan Puehringer (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University of Linz - Institute for Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE) ( email )

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A-4040 Linz
Austria

Georg Wolfmayr

University of Vienna

Vienna
Austria

Carina Altreiter

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Social Sciences

Augasse 2-6
Wien, A-1090
Austria

Claudius Gräbner

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Altenbergerstr. 69
A-4040 Linz, Uper Austria 4040
Austria

Ana Rogojanu

University of Vienna

Vienna
Austria

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