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Selling salvation, selling success: Neoliberalism and the US Prosperity Gospel (2020)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. V., & Wrenn, M. (2021). Selling salvation, selling success: Neoliberalism and the US Prosperity Gospel. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 45(2), 295-311. https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/beaa048

Neoliberalism relies on optimism. Without faith in meritocracy-unwavering belief that rewards will eventually and justly come to those who work hard enough-support for the capitalist system and belief in neoliberalism would unravel. How that optimism... Read More about Selling salvation, selling success: Neoliberalism and the US Prosperity Gospel.

Veblen, Veblenian social practices, and prosperity theology (2020)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. (2020). Veblen, Veblenian social practices, and prosperity theology. Journal of Economic Issues, 54(1), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/00213624.2020.1720560

Abstract: At the turn of the twentieth century (1910), Veblen published an essay which explored the relationship between Christianity and capitalism by focusing on the interaction between the two institutions as they evolved. Veblen’s analysis begins... Read More about Veblen, Veblenian social practices, and prosperity theology.

On Veblenian waste and Polanyian protective responses: Evidence from the US (2020)
Journal Article
Wrenn, M. V. (2020). On Veblenian waste and Polanyian protective responses: Evidence from the US. Panoeconomicus, 67(4), 449-464. https://doi.org/10.2298/PAN170925002W

As capitalism unfolds, continual technological advance in combination with the relentless accumulation imperative serves to amplify material progress. The institutionalization of the market fundamentally changes the structure of society and the inst... Read More about On Veblenian waste and Polanyian protective responses: Evidence from the US.