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Tarde's influence on Schumpeter: technology and social evolution

By Panayotis G. Michaelides and Kostas Theologou

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that Joseph Schumpeter's views are influenced by the French social philosopher Gabriel Tarde who delivered a theory of social evolution based on technological change as its driving force. Design/methodology/approach – The paper investigates the affinities in Schumpeter's and Tarde's respective theoretical and methodological approaches. Findings – In this context, the paper finds striking similarities in their central visions. Practical implications – Understanding Schumpeter's theories implies a deeper acquaintance with Tarde's oeuvre. Originality/value – The paper concludes that several Schumpeterian insights appear to be less original.Economics, Psychology, Social theories, Sociology

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