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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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What do Economists Know? New Economics of Knowledge

What do Economists Know?: New Economics of Knowledge

1st Edition

Robert F Garnett Jr
August 26, 1999

A provocatively rethink of the questions of what, how and for whom economics is produced. Academic economists in the twentieth century have presumed to monopolise economic knowledge, seeing themselves as the only legitimate producers and consumers of this highly specialized commodity. This has ...

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...

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 ...

Critical Realism in Economics Development and Debate

Critical Realism in Economics: Development and Debate

1st Edition

Steve Fleetwood
December 03, 1998

Drawing on the fields of economic methodology and economic theory, this title opens up new forms of investigation in economics and transforms the nature of economic reasoning. The work combines contributions from authors critical of this approach with those who are concerned to clarify its full ...

The Market Ethics, Knowledge and Politics

The Market: Ethics, Knowledge and Politics

1st Edition

John O'Neill
May 07, 1998

Following the failure of 'really existing socialism' in Eastern Europe and Asia, the market is now generally perceived, by Left and Right, to be supreme in any rational economic system. The current debate now focuses on the proper boundaries of markets rather than the system itself. This book ...

Economics and Reality

Economics and Reality

1st Edition

Tony Lawson
January 02, 1997

'No reality please. We're economists'. There is a wide spread belief that modern economics is irrelevant to the understanding of the real world. In a controversial and original study, Tony Lawson argues that the root of this irrelevance is in the failure of economists to find methods and tools ...

Feminism, Objectivity and Economics

Feminism, Objectivity and Economics

1st Edition

Julie Nelson
December 07, 1995

First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Economic Evolution An Inquiry into the Foundations of the New Institutional Economics

Economic Evolution: An Inquiry into the Foundations of the New Institutional Economics

1st Edition

Jack J Vromen
October 19, 1995

The new institutional economics offers one of the most exciting research agendas in economics today. Yet can it really explain processes of economic change? Economic Evolution explores three of the main approaches within the new institutional economics:* the new theory of the firm,* Nelson and ...

Beyond Rhetoric and Realism in Economics Towards a Reformulation of Methodology

Beyond Rhetoric and Realism in Economics: Towards a Reformulation of Methodology

1st Edition

Thomas Boylan, Paschal O'Gorman
June 08, 1995

Boylan and O'Gorman inject a fresh empiricist voice into the recent debates in economic methodology.... praise the book for its careful scholarship, its intellectual novelty and its familiarity with existing methodological literature." D. Wade Hands, University of Puget Sound, USA...

Rules and Choice in Economics Essays in Constitutional Political Economy

Rules and Choice in Economics: Essays in Constitutional Political Economy

1st Edition

Viktor J Vanberg
December 08, 1994

First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

New Directions in Economic Methodology

New Directions in Economic Methodology

1st Edition

Roger E. Backhouse
June 16, 1994

In recent years there has been a flowering of work on economic methodology. However there is no longer any consensus about which direction this should take or, indeed, even what the role and content of economic methodology should be. This book reflects this diversity. Its contributors are ...

Who Pays for the Kids? Gender and the Structures of Constraint

Who Pays for the Kids?: Gender and the Structures of Constraint

1st Edition

Nancy Folbre
January 06, 1994

Three paradoxes surround the division of the costs of social reproduction:* Women have entered the paid labour force in growing numbers, but they continue to perform most of the unpaid labour of housework and childcare.* Birth rates have fallen but more and more mothers are supporting children on ...

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