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Economic Methodology, History and Pluralism Expanding Economic Thought to Meet Contemporary Challenges

Edited By Ioana Negru, Penelope Hawkins Copyright 2023
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Economic Methodology, History and Pluralism: Expanding Economic Thought to Meet Contemporary Challenges pays tribute to Emeritus Professor Sheila Dow (University of Stirling, Scotland). This volume focusses on the contributions of Dow to economic methodology, pluralism and the history of economic thought. These explorations serve to underpin her ideas and theories on macroeconomics, banking and money.

    Bringing together an impressive panel of contributors, the chapters in this work examine Dow’s writings on structured pluralism and schools of thought, meanings of open and closed systems, reflections on the relationship between economics and other sciences (both social and natural), the methodology of behavioural economics, as well as the political economy of the Scottish school of thought. The book challenges the foundations of the mainstream economics paradigm in a novel and holistic manner, seeking to advance thinking across Dow’s favoured discipline.

    The essays in this collection provide thought-provoking reading for advanced students and scholars of economic methodology, the history of economic thought, heterodox economics and political economy. The book will also be valued by the economics profession at large, as it contains important elements and ideas concerning ethics, methodology and tolerance within economics as a discipline and as a profession.

    Foreword by John E. King

    Introduction: Sheila Dow as a Visionary Economics Scholar

    Chapter 1: The Relation of Neoclassical Economics to other Disciplines: the case of Physics and Psychology
    Stavros A. Drakopoulos

    Chapter 2: Sheila Dow’s Open Systems Methodology
    John B. Davis

    Chapter 3: Categorisation, Criticism and Pluralism in Context: Open and Closed Systems And the Project of Mathematical Modelling in Modern Economics
    Tony Lawson

    Chapter 4: Dualism Revisited
    Geoffrey M. Hodgson

    Chapter 5: Naturalism and the new challenge to Sheila Dow’s schools-of-thought approach to economics
    John Hart

    Chapter 6: Infinite Regress Problems and the Methodologies of Behavioural Economics
    Peter E. Earl

    Chapter 7: Should equilibrium be abandoned by heterodox economists?
    Victoria Chick

    Chapter 8: Dow, Keynes and the Pragmatic Tradition: More in Common?
    Jennifer Churchill

    Chapter 9: Keynes in transition: ‘The Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren’
    Jesper Jesperson

    Chapter 10: Ethical Practice in Economics: Research, Policy Advice and Education   
    Paul Dalziel

    Chapter 11:  Sheila Dow as historian of economic thought: The Scottish political economy tradition
    Robert McMaster

    Chapter 12: The conditions under which Adam Smith’s invisible hand operate
    Christopher Torr

    Chapter 13: Mary Theresa Rankin: A Monetary Economist in the Scottish Tradition of Political Economy
    Robert W. Dimand

    Chapter 14: David Hume as a Scottish Political Economist
    Maria Pia Paganelli

    Chapter 15: Sheila Dow’s body of work – Publications from 1980 to 2022 


    Ioana Negru is a Reader in Economics at ‘Lucian Blaga’ University of Sibiu. She is the co-editor of The Ethical Formation of Economists (2019, with Wilfred Dolfsma) and of The Gift in the Economy and Society: Perspectives from Institutional Economics and Other Social Sciences (2020, with Stefan Kesting and Paolo Silvestri). She has been a member of the Skidelsky Committee for improving the economics curriculum worldwide.

    Penelope Hawkins is Senior Economist in the Debt and Development Finance Branch, within the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Her research focusses on public and private country debt, development finance, illicit financial flows and financial inclusion. Previously, as the founder and Managing Director of Feasibility (Pty) Ltd, she undertook leading research projects in the financial sector in South Africa and advised policy makers and regulators in southern and eastern Africa.