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Economics as Social Theory


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Social Theory is experiencing something of a revival within economics. Critical analyses of the particular nature of the subject matter of social studies and of the types of method, categories and modes of explanation that can legitimately be endorsed for the scientific study of social objects, are re-emerging. Economists are again addressing such issues as the relationship between agency and structure, between economy and the rest of society, and between the enquirer and the object of enquiry. There is a renewed interest in elaborating basic categories such as causation, competition, culture, discrimination, evolution, money, need, order, organization, power probability, process, rationality, technology, time, truth, uncertainty, value etc.

The objective for this series is to facilitate this revival further. In contemporary economics the label “theory” has been appropriated by a group that confines itself to largely asocial, ahistorical, mathematical “modelling”. Economics as Social Theory thus reclaims the “Theory” label, offering a platform for alternative rigorous, but broader and more critical conceptions of theorizing.

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From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics The Shifting Boundaries between Economics and other Social Sciences

From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics: The Shifting Boundaries between Economics and other Social Sciences

1st Edition

Ben Fine, Dimitris Milonakis
April 09, 2009

Is or has economics ever been the imperial social science? Could or should it ever be so? These are the central concerns of this book. It involves a critical reflection on the process of how economics became the way it is, in terms of a narrow and intolerant orthodoxy, that has, nonetheless, ...

From Political Economy to Economics Method, the social and the historical in the evolution of economic theory

From Political Economy to Economics: Method, the social and the historical in the evolution of economic theory

1st Edition

Dimitris Milonakis, Ben Fine
October 28, 2008

Economics has become a monolithic science, variously described as formalistic and autistic with neoclassical orthodoxy reigning supreme. So argue Dimitris Milonakis and Ben Fine in this new major work of critical recollection. The authors show how economics was once rich, diverse, multidimensional ...

Speaking of Economics How to Get in the Conversation

Speaking of Economics: How to Get in the Conversation

1st Edition

Arjo Klamer
February 19, 2007

Making sense of economists and their world in a persuasive and entertaining style, Arjo Klamer, the author of a number of influential books including Conversation with Economists and The Consequences of Economic Rhetoric, shows that economics is as much about how people interact as it is about the ...

New Departures in Marxian Theory

New Departures in Marxian Theory

1st Edition

Stephen Resnick, Richard Wolff
June 08, 2006

Over the last twenty-five years, Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff have developed a groundbreaking interpretation of Marxian theory generally and of Marxian economics in particular. This book brings together their key contributions and underscores their different interpretations. In facing ...

The New Economic Criticism Studies at the interface of literature and economics

The New Economic Criticism: Studies at the interface of literature and economics

1st Edition

Martha Woodmansee, Mark Osteen
March 18, 1999

This collection brings together twenty-seven essays by influential literary and cultural historians, as well as representatives of the vanguard of postmodernist economics. Contributors include: Jean-Joseph Goux, Marc Shell. This is a pathbreaking work which develops a new form of economic analysis....

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Economics and Utopia Why the Learning Economy is Not the End of History

Economics and Utopia: Why the Learning Economy is Not the End of History

1st Edition

Geoffrey M Hodgson
December 03, 1998

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall we have been told that no alternative to Western capitalism is possible or desirable. This book challenges this view with two arguments. First, the above premise ignores the enormous variety within capitalism itself. Second, there are enormous forces of ...

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