The neo-Schumpeterian interpretation dominating the field of evolutionary economics puts focus on technological innovation, Darwinian evolution and economic growth, and has proven to be fertile ground for the past forty years. However, as the evolutionary school attempts to engage with a world of inequality, financialization and economic fragility, the limits of such an interpretation begin to show. Contributing to the development of a more balanced post-Schumpeterian economics, this book offers a complementary interpretation of Schumpeter’s theory which is based on economic innovation, Bergsonian creative evolution and monetary mechanisms and institutions.
The theoretical consequences of this new interpretation are significant and numerous. First, it leads to a conceptual separation of economic and technological innovation. Second, it offers a deeper integration of monetary and financial elements within the theory of the process of development, illustrating the adaptive and planning role provided by financial speculation under capitalist conditions. Third, it provides the foundations for a post-Schumpeterian theory of capitalist crisis, built on the relationship between innovation funding, the institutional development of banking and speculative credit creation. Finally, by discussing several key recent developments in evolutionary economics, the interpretation illustrates the opportunities unlocked by a pluralist approach to disciplinary development, aiming towards the development of a comprehensive post-Schumpeterian approach to economics.
This text is essential reading for scholars and students of Schumpeter, evolutionary economics, post-Keynesian economics, institutional economics and all economists interested in the ontological, methodological and theoretical challenges posed by economic development.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Ontological Foundations
2. An illogical nature: monist ontological foundations
3. An incomplete man: conceptualizing creative agency
4. An imperfect system: evolution in a rationalist world
Section 2: Methodology and Theory
5. Crossroads in Schumpeterian methodology
6. The systemic core of the theory of economic development
7. Speculation and planning: capitalist systemic norms under uncertainty
8. Resilience and decline: the mechanisms of pathological capitalism
Section 3: Interactions
9. A long time coming: the Schumpeterian legacy
10. Neo-Schumpeterian economics: a common agenda
11. Generalized Darwinism and creative evolution
12. At last: agent-based models between Schumpeter and Keynes
Beniamino Callegari is a Researcher at the School of Economics, Innovation, and Technology of Kristiania University College, Norway.