Canonizing Economic Theory: How Theories and Ideas are Selected in Economics: How Theories and Ideas are Selected in Economics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Canonizing Economic Theory: How Theories and Ideas are Selected in Economics

How Theories and Ideas are Selected in Economics, 1st Edition

By Christopher D. Mackie

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203 pages

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Historians of economic thought traditionally summarize, critique, and trace the development of existing theory. History of thought literature provides information about the authors, chronology, and relative importance of influential works. Generally missing from the literature, however, are answers to questions about why economic theory exists in its current form: Why have economists chosen the theories they have to represent the discipline's formal content? What are the criteria that determine the value of a theory, or of research in general; and, how have these criteria changed over time? In this insightful and well-written work, Christopher Mackie analyzes how ideas and theories are accepted in economics, from the pre-publication phase to the point at which, once written, a theory enters the accepted body of professional literature. Drawing from economics, the history of science, and philosophy, Mackie shows how both empirical and non-empirical criteria determine how theory will actually evolve.

Table of Contents

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General