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Transforming Economics: Perspectives on the Critical Realist Project

Transforming Economics: Perspectives on the Critical Realist Project

1st Edition

Paul Lewis
November 18, 2004

Economics has become polarised. On the one hand there is a body of economists who concern themselves with progressing their discipline via an increasing use of mathematical modelling. On the other hand, there are economists who believe passionately that in order for economics to be useful it needs...

The Evolution of Institutional Economics

The Evolution of Institutional Economics

1st Edition

Geoffrey M Hodgson
March 04, 2004

This exciting new book from Geoffrey Hodgson is eagerly awaited by social scientists from many different backgrounds. This book charts the rise, fall and renewal of institutional economics in the critical, analytical and readable style that Hodgson's fans have come to know and love, and that a new...

Postcolonialism Meets Economics

Postcolonialism Meets Economics

1st Edition

S. Charusheela, Eiman Zein-Elabdin
October 23, 2003

In the last half century, economics has taken over from anthropology the role of drawing the powerful conceptual worldviews that organize knowledge and inform policy in both domestic and international contexts. Until now however, the colonial roots of economic theory have remained relatively...

The Philosophy of Keynes' Economics: Probability, Uncertainty and Convention

The Philosophy of Keynes' Economics: Probability, Uncertainty and Convention

1st Edition

Sohei Mizuhara, Jochen Runde
May 29, 2003

John  Maynard  Keynes  was  arguably  the  most  influential  Western  economist  ofthe  twentieth  century.  His  emphasis  on  the  nature  and  role  of  uncertainty  ineconomics is a...

Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Economics

Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Economics

1st Edition

Drucilla Barker, Edith Kuiper
April 03, 2003

Feminist economists have demonstrated that interrogating hierarchies based on gender, ethnicity, class and nation results in an economics that is biased and more faithful to empirical evidence than are mainstream accounts.This rigorous and comprehensive book examines many of the central...

The Crisis in Economics

The Crisis in Economics

1st Edition

Edward Fullbrook
March 27, 2003

Economics can be pretty boring. Drier than Death Valley, the discipline is obsessed with mathematics and compounds this by arrogantly assuming its techniques can be brought to bear on the other social sciences. It wasn't going to be long, therefore, before students started complaining. The vast...

Reorienting Economics

Reorienting Economics

1st Edition

Tony Lawson
February 20, 2003

Contemporary economics is characterized by a mismatch between its methods of analysis and the nature of the world it seeks to interpret. Despite regular economic crises and ongoing critique of the discipline, the drift from political economy into applied mathematics appears to continue...

The World of Consumption: The Material and Cultural Revisited

The World of Consumption: The Material and Cultural Revisited

2nd Edition

Ben Fine
March 21, 2002

Consumption has become one of the leading topics across the social sciences and vocational disciplines such as marketing and business studies. In this comprehensively updated and revised new edition, traditional approaches as well as the most recent literature are fully addressed and incorporated,...

Intersubjectivity in Economics: Agents and Structures

Intersubjectivity in Economics: Agents and Structures

1st Edition

Edward Fullbrook
November 22, 2001

Traditional economics treats the defining subjective properties of economic agents (tastes, preferences, demands, goals and perceptions) as if they are determined independently of individual and collective relations with other agents. This collection of essays reflects the increasingly common view...

How Economics Forgot History: The Problem of Historical Specificity in Social Science

How Economics Forgot History: The Problem of Historical Specificity in Social Science

1st Edition

Geoffrey M Hodgson
August 23, 2001

In arguably his most important book to date, Hodgson calls into question the tendency of economic method to try and explain all economic phenomena by using the same catch-all theories and dealing in universal truths. He argues that you need different theories to analyze different economic phenomena...

The Values of Economics: An Aristotelian Perspective

The Values of Economics: An Aristotelian Perspective

1st Edition

Irene van Staveren
June 07, 2001

In his Ethics, Aristotle argued that human beings try to further a variety of values by balancing them, stating that people try to find a middle road between excess and deficiency. The author develops and applies this idea to the values of economics, arguing that in the economy; freedom, justice...

Post-Modernism, Economics and Knowledge

Post-Modernism, Economics and Knowledge

1st Edition

Jack Amariglio, Stephen E Cullenberg, David F Ruccio
May 17, 2001

Only in the past twenty years have debates surrounding modernism and postmodernism begun to have an impact on economics. This new way of thinking rejects claims that science and mathematics provide the only models for the structure of economic knowledge.This ground-breaking volume brings together...

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