Stated differently, it is hard to believe that the Invisible Hand may govern most oligopolistic markets. In our opinion, these authors have obtained some of the most interesting results in this strand of literature.
Such a configuration, called a sustainable oligopoly, is also optimal in that no other configuration with firms making nonnegative profits can be found at which consumers are strictly better off. However, it is easy to see how entry may be blockaded when producing involves sunk costs, that is, costs that cannot be recovered upon exit or for which the corresponding investment is product-specific. Consider a market for a homogeneous product where the technology entails a positive fixed cost and a constant marginal cost.
There is one incumbent and one potential entrant. When post-entry competition is in price, we know from Section 1. Anticipating this outcome, the potential entrant will choose to stay out. This is understood by the incumbent who can therefore safely charge the monopoly price, irrespective of the level of sunk costs.
Though very extreme, this example is sufficient to show that free exit is crucial for the idea of contes- tability to be operational. Furthermore, it remains unclear how sustainable configurations may actually be reached. Returning to Bain , ch. Four possible situations may arise: i entry is easy so that price in the long run cannot exceed the competitive level; ii the incumbent could raise his price above the competitive level without inviting new firms, but it would be better off if entry is accommodated; iii entry is deterred in that, at the best entry-forestalling price, the incumbent's profits are greater than those earned if entry were accommodated; and iv entry is blockaded at the monopoly price.
This author accurately observed that the price that is relevant to the potential entrant is the price prevailing after entry, so that assumptions must be made about the attitudes of the incumbents after entry has taken place. In order to find a solution to this problem, Modigliani then followed Sylos-Labini and rephrased his basic assumption as follows; 'potential entrants behave as though they expected existing firms to adopt the policy most unfavorable to them, namely, the policy of maintaining output while reducing the price or accepting reductions to the extent required to enforce such an output policy.
Then, under the above assumption, the demand faced by the entrant is not perfectly elastic asin Bertrand; it is now given by the segment of the sloped demand to the right of pb. If pb is such that the resulting demand is everywhere below the average cost of the potential competitor, then entry is not profitable. In the words of Bain, pb is therefore an entry-forestalling price.
What became known as the limit price is then given by the highest entry-forestalling price. This leads Modigliani to conclude that, under Sylos-Labini 's assumption, 'there is a well-defined, maximum premium that the oligopolists can command over the competitive price, and this premium tends to increase with the importance of economies of scale and to decrease with the market size and the elasticity of demand.
Yet, these authors fail to explain and describe what is the optimal pricing strategy of a monopolist over time, given the threat of entry. By casting the problem within the framework of optimal control theory, Gaskins 1 was able to overcome this difficulty for the special case of the dominant firm see Section 1. Defining the state variable as the size of the competitive fringe, he assumed that the flow of entry is proportional to the discrepancy between the current price and the limit price.
When the dominant firm maximizes its long-run profits, it can be shown that the firm sacrifices market share by initially pricing substantially above the limit price and gradually lowering its price to the limit price. The long-run market share of the dominant firm is an increasing function of the cost advantage it enjoys.
In the same vein, Kamien and Schwartz suppose that entry is now probabilistic and that the risk of entry rises with the current price selected by the dominant firm.
Once a firm has entered, it is supposed that profits are constant. Kamien and Schwartz then show that the dominant firm sets a price which is constant until the first entry. Depending on the risk of 60 Microeconomic theories of imperfect competition entry, three cases are possible: i when the non-price barriers to entry are high enough, entry is blocked and the optimal price is the monopoly price; ii the optimal price is the limit price so that entry is effectively impeded; and iii the optimal price is such that entry is accepted.
In a stimulating paper, Friedman has questioned the validity of the limit price model in a very neat way: 'an entrant has no direct interest in an established firm's pre-entry price policy. What matters to him is the price pattern which would emerge after he were to come in. That is, he wants to know what equilibrium behavior in the market would be if he were in, and he wants to know what profits he would have under such an equilibrium.
Now, after entry occurs, the established firm and the entrant are in a two person game whose structure and form are entirely independent of the pre-entry price policy of the established firm; hence, whose equilibria are independent of the pre- entry price policy of the established firm. If both participants are fully informed at the outset concerning the profit functions which would prevail after entry, then it is difficult to see the relevance of pre-entry prices to the plans of the entrant.
The incumbent's threat to stick at his pre-entry price or output is not credible because it is often profitable for it to deviate if entry had to happen. This does not imply, however, that limit pricing never will be observed. An incumbent will choose a limit price in the following precise circumstances.
Let IIM denote the monopoly profits, HL the largest profits attainable under the constraint that the established firm blockades entry, and HD the profits it would have if entry were to occur. Let now be the firm's discounting factor. Assuming that entry would occur in period t, prevention is optimal if and only if sacrifying some short-run profits is more than balanced by the gains obtained in the future from forestalling entry: I — a 1 — a 1 — a In the s, the focus of entry deterrence has shifted to investment in physical capital, goodwill, or knowledge as a strategic variable.
As observed by Friedman , 'The crucial difference between price and investment is, of course, that today's 61 Jean J. In other words, the threat to use a large capital stock after the entry of a rival is credible because this capital does exist. More precisely, the work of Friedman , and Dixit on the choice of capacity levels shows how large-scale entry is molded by strategic considerations on the part of the installed producer by focusing on the fundamental distinction between pre- and post-entry considerations.
The analysis is essentially dynamic since the competitive environment is changed as a result of the investment decisions made by firms. The basic idea lying in this new strand of literature is well summarized by Dixit 1 : 'The established firm's pre-entry decisions can influence the prospective entrant's view of what will happen if he enters, and the established firm will try to exploit this possibility to its own advantage.
Then, the initial capacity choice affects the marginal cost of the established firm, which in turn affects his reaction function in the post-entry subgame. Once this choice is made, both the incumbent and the potential entrant may anticipate the outcome of the post-entry duopoly subgame, and the latter decides whether or not to enter on the basis of her anticipated profits.
Bearing this in mind, the former chooses his capacity in order to maximize his intertemporal profits. So, the following question suggests itself: does it pay for the incumbent to overinvest in capacity in order to deter entry? Putting aside the obvious situation where the monopoly output is sufficient to deter entry the fourth case in Bain's analysis , the incumbent then faces the following trade-off: he must bear the cost of a capacity larger than the monopoly one in order to be able to expand his output if entry were to occur.
As shown by Dixit and Friedman, the solution depends on the values of the cost parameters. The following two situations may arise: i it is better for the established firm to allow for entry so that a duopoly emerges in the second period, and ii the established firm finds it profitable to install a limit-capacity and be the only firm in the market.
In other words, one would not observe excess capacity in subgame perfect equilibrium. As argued by Eaton and Lipsey 1 , besides its size, the durability of capital may also affect its effectiveness as an entry barrier. The point that these authors want to make is 62 Microeconomic theories of imperfect competition that it is not the existence of large scale economies per se which allow them to create entry barriers.
Rather, it is the intertemporal commitment of specific capital to a market, together with scale economies, which allow the incumbent to deter entry. More precisely, they show that a deterring-entry monopolist may choose to replace his capital before it is economically obsolete or, alternately, may choose a capital more durable than the cost-minimizing one.
This result suggests the existence of a limit durability comparable to the limit capacity. However, overinvestment may not be the reasonable strategy because it may reduce the incentive of the incumbent to be aggressive in the post-entry subgame.
In this case, underinvestment may be more desirable from the incumbents' point of view. To illustrate, consider the case where the reaction curves of the post-entry subgame are upward sloping, an assumption common to several models of price competition with differentiated products. In the first stage game, the incumbent may choose between an entry- accommodating strategy or an entry-deterring one.
Furthermore, he may play soft or tough in the post-entry subgame in a way which has been made precise by Bulow et al. This gives rise to four possible market outcomes. When an en try- accommodating strategy is elected, the incumbent may overinvest by becoming a fat cat; he can then play soft with the entrant.
Alternatively, he may underinvest and choose to be a puppy dog; he then turns himself into a small firm which will be nonaggressive when competing with a tough entrant. On the contrary, when an entry-deterring strategy is chosen, the incumbent may decide to overinvest and to be a top dog, presenting himself as an aggressive player if entry were to arise. Instead, he may underinvest and take a lean and hungry look to deter entry because he is now inclined to match the entrant's price. Specific behaviors are likely to be associated with some market features.
For example, the fat-cat effect typically arises in a market characterized by brand loyalty and switching costs Schmalensee, ; Klemperer, ; Gabszewicz, Pepall and Thisse, Commitments may allow the established firms to build pure profits even under free entry. This possibility is especially well illustrated in a market with differentiated products. Anticipating the discussion provided in Section III, we now use the spatial model of product differentiation to show how firms can guarantee to themselves supranormal profits by choosing strategically their products.
The argument runs as follows. Given the probable high value of relocation costs, it is reasonable to assume that firms locate once-and-for-all. In such a context, as noticed by Eaton and Lipsey , a free entry equilibrium may exist in which incumbents make positive pure profits. For that, it is sufficient that the anticipated 63 Jean J.
In other words, since an entrant must fit between incumbents it expects to make substantially lower profits, thus leaving the established firms with unassailable rents. This result provides a clear illustration of an early observation made by Schelling about the strategic value of commitment. Furthermore, Prescott and Visscher observe that entry is unlikely to occur simultaneously but rather sequentially.
At each stage of the entry process, the entrant considers as given the locations of firms entered at earlier stages but treats the location of firms entering at later stages as conditional upon her own choice. The location chosen by each entrant is then obtained by backward induction, from the optimal solution of the location problem faced by the ultimate entrant, to the entrant herself. While it may be reasonable to assume that products are selected sequentially and once-and-for-all, it may be better to assume that prices can costlessly be readjusted by the established firms after a new entry.
Clearly, the long run market outcome depends on the sequence of decisions made by the firms or, to put it succinctly, history matters Eaton and Lipsey, , thus making the geography of the industry much more intricate than in standard models.
When history matters, the freedom of the new entrants is constrained by the decision made earlier. However, the first entrants should also be aware that competition will ensue. This leads Prescott and Visscher to raise the following fundamental question: 'Since firms move sequentially, why does the first firm to enter not locate at all positions in the equilibrium industry structure and obtain all potential profits in the market rather than be content with only the first location and less profit?
In other words, why should the first firm not be a monopoly? According to Schmalensee , it would rather seem that the established firms want to follow such a 'proliferation' strategy by expanding their product lines with the aim of making the entry of a new firm unprofitable.
Entry deterrence could then be achieved by crowding the brand space. Judd shows that the story is not that simple. For the incumbent to be able to pre-empt the market, he must be able to commit to all brands in his product line.
This is possible only if the exit of existing brands is prohibitively costly, a condition which does not seem to be very common. Hence preemption is not an easy strategy to implement, but it seems to us alternative aspects are still to be explored.
Specifically, when a firm offers several varieties, it competes with itself because of the consumer self-selection constraints imposed by its joint supply. Wright Mills, which perhaps owed a greater intellectual debt to the writings of Marx than did those of most sociologists, were not Marxian sociology; and the influence of Weber and Durkheim on the development of American sociology continued to be far greater than that of Marx.
There are a number of reasons why a Marxian sociology never developed in the United States. It could readily be argued that the ideological and political climate of the United States was hostile to such a development; certainly, Marxism never received the encouragement in the United States that fostered its growth in other countries. But that would hardly explain the lack of receptivity to Marxism among those members of the sociological profession in America who considered themselves intellectuals.
Perhaps, as Mills suggested, the social origins of American sociologists precluded such interests. Yet many American sociologists of Mills's generation became thoroughly acquainted with Marx and Marxist ideas in their youth. Perhaps more to the point is the fact that most American sociologists since the early s have been more highly committed to an empirical sociology than to and ideological or theoretical position. They agree 12 SOCIOLOGY: The Field that some of the major problems of sociology are to be found in Marx—but only some, since for them a science of sociology is one in which theory can be tested because it supplies problems that are open to empirical investigation.
Within this context, Marxian sociology and the whole tradition of historical materialism seems to them somehow oldfashioned. The rise of scientific sociology. Has sociology, then, arrived at the status of a special science? Sociologists might assert that this is in itself a problem requiring sociological investigation.
But there are bases for arguing that it has indeed achieved that status in American society. Likewise, it is apparent that the decline in polemics about the respective importance of sociological theory and methodology has made it possible to integrate them more closely.
Furthermore, American sociologists and social psychologists in the postwar period have successfully developed research institutes that facilitate research training and scholarly investigation. By most graduate students in sociology in American universities were receiving financial support comparable to that for students in the traditional sciences. By , though membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences still awaited American sociologists, all other barriers to full professional status had been scaled.
The interpenetration of sociology with psychology in the area that has come to be known as social psychology has certainly affected the development of American sociology as a science.
At the same time, psychology has so shaped American sociology that the latter's methods of investigation are adapted to the study of individual actors rather than of the organizational context in which their acts take place. The other major models for quantification have come from demography and statistics. They, too, have shaped the character of sociology, since they are more easily applied to the study of social aggregates than to that of the relationships among properties of organizations.
Research investigations in the fields of comparative institutions and social organization, therefore, often display less technical sophistication than those in the interstitial fields of demography and social psychology.
The core of sociology, which is social institutions and their organization, is only now developing its own methods of investigation March Sociology as an academic discipline Formal university instruction in sociology leading to a doctorate was offered first in the United States. Only slowly did sociology develop as a distinct discipline within the universities of other countries.
In no country other than the United States has provision been made for formal instruction in sociology in academic departments or faculties throughout the system of higher education. Furthermore, only in the United States has formal instruction in sociology spread to precollege curricula. To be sure, in the nineteenth century, universities outside the United States harbored instruction in sociology either through the system, once common in the universities of continental Europe, of permitting lectures by independent private scholars, or, on occasion, by creating a chair in sociology for a distinguished scholar.
More often, however, a professor in economics, history, law, political economy, or philosophy offered instruction in "sociology"—though not usually by that name. Georg Simmers only professorial appointment which he was granted after 15 years as a Privatdozenf was in philosophy; those of Max Weber and Pareto, in economics.
Durkheim was among the few Europeans in the nineteenth century to attain academic title as a sociologist; he was a professor of sociology and education at the University of Paris. The first recorded instance of formal instruction in a course called sociology within the United States occurred in at Yale University, where William Graham Sumner offered such a course. However, until his death in Sumner was identified at Yale as a professor of political and social science.
Luther L. Bernard ; , Albion W. The period from to brought formal instruction in sociology to 18 colleges and universities in the United States ibid. But it remained for the University of Chicago, when it opened in , to establish the first academic department in the United States with work leading to the doctorate in sociology. At the outset, instruction in sociology was more often established in joint departments than in departments devoted entirely to sociology. By far the most common alliance was made with economics, with history a distant second.
Where sociology was not entitled to independent or joint departmental status, it was usually taught in departments of economics, history, philosophy, political science, or general departments of social sciences. Despite the fact that the first department of sociology at the University of Chicago was a joint department of sociology and anthropology, anthropology was not generally linked with sociology in this early period.
Actually, sociology in the United States gradually added anthropology to its offerings, so that by the s there were a substantial number of departments of sociology and anthropology. By , however, most of these academic partnerships had been dissolved as anthropology achieved status as a separate academic discipline.
By most colleges and universities in the United States were offering courses in sociology Bernard , p. The actual establishment of separate departments of sociology occurred at a much slower rate.
By most American universities and colleges had a department of sociology, although only 70 of them were offering a doctorate in sociology. The number of higherdegree programs in sociology in the United States, however, is probably greater than that in all other countries combined. Two very important conditions appear to have led to the establishment of sociology as an academic discipline in the United States to a greater extent than in any other country.
First, sociology in the United States was oriented toward pragmatic as well as theoretical and philosophical interests. Although the alliances formed between sociologists and social reformers were sometimes uneasy, there remained an overriding concern in American sociology with developing an empirical science based on research into social problems.
The early issues of the American Journal of Sociology, in contrast with those of L'annee sociologique, were as much devoted to applied sociology as to theoretical or scientific sociology. A second major factor undoubtedly was the rapid growth of mass public education in the United 13 States following the Civil War.
With the rapid expansion of the universities, beginning in , there undoubtedly was less pressure on university administrations to restrict professorships to established disciplines and on professors to compete for students, of whom there were many.
Indeed, while there was some antagonism from the other social sciences in American, as in European, universities, the organization of American universities into largely autonomous departments made it possible for these departments to add instruction in sociology to their other offerings. Equally important may have been the administrative organization of American universities.
There is abundant evidence that the separation of administration from direct faculty control in the American university has facilitated the introduction of new subject matter, including sociology, into the curriculum. It may be significant, too, that during the period up to at least seven American university presidents were themselves the first to offer formal course work in sociology at their universities.
Another factor that may have been significant in the development of American sociology was a consequence of its institutionalization within the universities. This was the use, from quite an early date, of textbooks in sociology as the mainstay of college courses in the subject. The earliest of these textbooks was An Introduction to the Study of Society, by Small and Vincent of the department of sociology at the University of Chicago This was followed in by Franklin H.
Giddings' Principles of Sociology. These and other such works influenced the training of large numbers of undergraduate students in sociology and helped to recruit some of them for graduate training in the field. The textbook is indeed a hallmark of undergraduate education in the United States. In the case of sociology, despite the seeming diversity in approaches of authors, textbooks represent an important element in standardizing the discipline.
American sociologists have carefully documented the development of academic sociology and its growth as a science and a profession. Among the major surveys are those by Small , Wirth , Odum , Lundberg and others , Ross , Bernard and Bernard , and Shils The progress of instruction in sociology was not uniform in continental Europe, England, Russia, the Orient, or Latin America. From time to time chairs or positions were added at various universities, but up to World War n the largest concentrations of appointments in academic sociology were in the United States and Germany.
Despite the spectacular success attained by Herbert Spencer in popularizing sociology not only in England but also in the United States, where he was a best seller Hofstadter , chapter 2 , and despite the monumental research achievements of Booth and Mayhew and the pioneering comparative analyses of Hobhouse and his associates , academic sociology developed very slowly in England.
Perhaps one of the major reasons for this was the successful establishment of social anthropology in the British universities, especially through the work of A. RadcliffeBrown and Bronislaw Malinowski, the former denning the field as "comparative sociology" MacRae  , pp. The American sociologist Edward Shils , in trying to account for the failure of sociology to establish itself in British universities during the first half of the twentieth century, has argued that the principal reason was the refusal of the British academic elite to raise questions about contemporary life in England.
This elite, based in Oxford and Cambridge, is self-sustaining and exclusive; since its existence is founded on privilege and class prejudice, it actively discourages a sociology which would make for critical investigation of the society that nurtures it. British social anthropologists, on the other hand, had no such inhibitions about studying the "primitive" inhabitants of British colonial territories.
Although the precursors of sociology— Montesquieu and the Encyclopedists, the godfather of sociology Comte, and many of its early distinguished practitioners, such as Alfred Espinas and Frederic Le Play—were French intellectuals, sociology was long distrusted in French academic circles. It remained for Durkheim to gain university status for sociology, first through a lectureship created for him at the University of Bordeaux in and then at the Sorbonne, to which he was called in Henri Peyre has suggested that the resistance to sociology in French academic circles was so intense that it probably accounts for the dogmatic fervor in Durkheim's writings foreword in Durkheim  , p.
As in Britain—and, to a degree, in the United States during the first two decades of this century— academic sociology in France was closely associated with anthropology. In the United States, sociology dominated this partnership; in France, as in England, the reverse was true, and academic sociology evolved more slowly as a result.
Although historical and philosophical sociology spread in this way among the several faculties of French universities, quantitative sociology has remained centered largely outside the universities in a number of institutes most of which are, however, part of the French system of higher education.
On the whole, therefore, there is a breach between the sociology of the academy and that of the institutes. Sociology in Germany lacked from the outset the public recognition and support it had gained in England and the United States through being associated with the name of Spencer. While sociology early became the concern of scholars who were established in chairs at major German universities, it remained a humanistic rather than a scientific discipline, and never gained widespread support even among the humanists Konig , pp.
Yet it was Germany, more than any other country, that in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries produced sociological writers who exercised a major influence on modern sociological theory—Marx, Tonnies, Simmel, Max Weber, and Karl Mannheim. The academic connections of this group of scholars with German universities were tenuous, however, for various reasons. Marx was an itinerant intellectual whose political views made it advisable for him to live in exile most of his life; Simmel held a regular professorship in philosophy at the University of Berlin only late in life, possibly because, like Marx, he was Jewish; Weber taught at Heidelberg only sporadically, largely because of illness; Mannheim became a refugee from Nazism and ended his career at the London School of Economics.
Of this distinguished group, only Tonnies spent his entire academic career at a German university, in his case the University of Kiel.
Although sociologists could be found in most German universities before , they were as likely to hold chairs in political economy or philosophy as in sociology. No strong center of sociological inquiry emerged within the German university system because both the university traditions and organization and the nature of sociological inquiry among German sociologists tended to restrict academic sociology to a small circle composed of a professor and his assistants.
By most German universities were offering lectures and degree courses in sociology, so that a substantial number of young German sociologists had been trained by that time; almost all of them, however, fled within a few years of the rise of the Nazi government. Among those who had been major sociologists in Germany in the s, only Leopold von Wiese remained in a German university throughout the Nazi period.
He appears in no way to have cooperated with the Nazi regime. Within 10 years of the defeat of the Nazi government, sociology re-established itself in the major universities of West Germany.
The chairs were usually offered to sociologists who had fled during the Nazi period and who lacked strong training in quantitative sociology. With few exceptions, they have fitted rather comfortably into the philosophical and historical traditions of German sociology. Among the smaller nations of the world, nowhere does sociology flourish as it does in Israel.
Its growth is virtually simultaneous with the growth of the state of Israel. One of those towering intellects who transcend disciplinary boundaries, Martin Buber, established and headed the department of sociology at the Hebrew University [see the biography of BUBER]. Buber's leading student, Shmuel N. Most Israeli sociologists have close ties with government officials and leaders; sociological investigation often is linked to policy decisions.
No doubt some of this close alliance between sociology and social policy in Israel is due to the small size of the country, so that intellectuals in the universities are more closely linked to their government. But Hebrew traditions contribute to the relationship. Sociology emerged as an academic discipline in Russia with the founding of a department of social sciences at Moscow that included a chair of sociology.
Despite some empirical research by younger Russian sociologists, sociology up to this point was largely based in philosophy and history and soon became Marxist sociology. It should be noted that sociology throughout the Soviet period of Russian history has been under the direct control of the ideological branch 15 of the Communist party.
Soviet sociology defined as Marxist sociology has been widely taught both within and outside the universities, though until recently without special academic or faculty recognition see Fischer ; Simirenko Up to , at least, most sociologists in the Soviet Union taught and did research within faculties of philosophy and institutes Fischer , p.
Sociology entered the curriculum of the Tokyo Imperial University almost as early as it entered that of any American university. Ernest Fenollosa, an American philosopher, came to the Tokyo Imperial University in and offered lectures in shakaigaku sociology based on the work of Herbert Spencer.
A chair of sociology was established at Tokyo Imperial University in Odaka Prior to World War n, the principal centers of academic sociology in Japan were at Tokyo and Kyoto, each of which represented a school of sociological thought. The Tokyo school was regarded as more empirical than that of Kyoto, which was regarded as formal and phenomenological ibid. The relatively late arrival of sociology in the universities of India perhaps reflects the essentially philosophical orientation of Indian intellectuals, who were generally unreceptive to the idea of an empirical sociology.
Also, there was resistance from the university system to the establishment of such a sociology; this resistance was inevitably exacerbated by the universities' civil service structure. Sociology was not introduced as a course in an Indian university until , when it was offered in the economics department at Calcutta University. Bombay University established the first Indian department of sociology in Almost all doctoral work in sociology in was concentrated at the universities of Bombay, Delhi, Agra, Baroda, and Lucknow, with neither Calcutta nor Madras universities offering such programs.
Most Indian universities still lack honors courses leading to a sociology degree. Central and South America. The political structure and climate of the Central and South American republics and their universities have hindered the development of sociology as an academic discipline.
Nonetheless, today chairs in sociology are to be found in nearly all these republics—in faculties of law, philosophy, or social sciences and on occasion in schools of sociology. Though the division is by no means clear-cut, the countries of the 16 SOCIOLOGY: The Field Atlantic have been more likely to develop an academic sociology based on European, particularly Hispanic, traditions and writings, while those of the Pacific have developed a more empirical sociological tradition Bastide Since most of the larger republics have had at least one major institute devoted primarily to sociological research.
The greatest range of academic programs representing the different fields of sociology has been offered in the universities of Brazil and Mexico, although Argentina, which has the largest number of universities, experienced a sociological renaissance during the period between the Peron and the Ongania regimes.
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They relate to the nature of man as it is influenced by group behavior and by the social order in general. Specifically, when a firm offers several varieties, it competes with itself because of the consumer self-selection constraints imposed by its joint supply. In the postwar period, sociology in the east European countries was dominated until quite recently by conservative Marxist sociology, though the influence of French and American sociology was already evident in the s. Despite the spectacular success attained by Herbert Spencer in popularizing sociology not only in England but also in the United States, where he was a best seller Hofstadter , chapter 2 , and despite the monumental research achievements of Booth and Mayhew and the pioneering comparative analyses of Hobhouse and his associates , academic sociology developed very slowly in England. It could readily be argued that the ideological and political climate of the United States was hostile to such a development; certainly, Marxism never received the encouragement in the United States that fostered its growth in other countries. Of this distinguished group, only Tonnies spent his entire academic career at a German university, in his case the University of Kiel.
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Indeed any unilateral deviation would make them vulnerable to hit-and-run entry or would lead them to make losses. American universities have provided the best opportunities for the rapid growth of sociology as a profession, since they are structured around academic departments that provide doctoral training. In any case, the story remains basically the same: all sorts of tacit agreements can be sustained as refined Nash equilibria of the repeated game.
Finally, social structure, or social morphology, is the integration and stabilization of social interaction through an organization of statuses and roles, such as age, sex, or class. At the time, however, Friedman had already shown that, when the same game is played repeatedly and firms are interested in their long-run profits, the door is open to scenarios involving threat and punishment that enable firms to sustain collusion. At times it began to seem almost as if it were more important to argue in favor of systematic empirical investigation than to use it in one's own work. Oberschall adduced several arguments to account for this failure.