This book seeks to advance social economic analysis, economic methodology, and the history of economic thought in the context of twenty-first-century scholarship and socio-economic concerns. Bringing together carefully selected chapters by leading scholars it examines the central contributions that John Davis has made to various areas of scholarship.
In recent decades, criticisms of mainstream economics have rekindled interest in a number of areas of scholarly inquiry that were frequently ignored by mainstream economic theory and practice during the second half of the twentieth century, including social economics, economic methodology and history of economic thought. This book contributes to a growing literature on the revival of these areas of scholarship and highlights the pivotal role that John Davis’s work has played in the ongoing revival. Together, the international panel of contributors show how Davis’s insights in complexity theory, identity, and stratification are key to understanding a reconfigured economic methodology. They also reveal that Davis’s willingness to draw from multiple academic disciplines gives us a platform for interrogating mainstream economics and provides the basis for a humane yet scientific alternative.
This unique volume will be essential reading for advanced students and researchers across social economics, history of economic thought, economic methodology, political economy and philosophy of social science.
Table of Contents
1. Economics for the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration of John B. Davis’s Contribution to Economics, Wilfred Dolfsma, D. Wade Hands, and Robert McMaster
Part I History of Economic Thought and Economic Philosophy
2. "Pets and favorites": Keynes’s Practice as Investor in the Stock Exchange, Maria Cristina Marcuzzo
3. Simulation and Economic Methodology, Marcel Boumans
4. Identity: Individual and Social, and a Theory of a ‘Polymorphic’ but Unique Identity, Ricardo E. Crespo
5. Reflections on Reflexivity and Complexity, J. Barkley Rosser
Part II Seeking Justice: The Promotion of Care and Capabilities
6. Understanding the Subaltern Native Middle Class, William Darity
7. Max U, Morality, and the Future of Economics, Geoffrey M. Hodgson
8. The Meso Level in Economics, Irene van Staveren
9. Towards a Caring Economy, Evelyn L. Forget
Wilfred Dolfsma is Professor and Chair of Business Management and Organisation at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and Professor of Innovation and Strategy at the University of Curacao. He has published over twenty books and over one hundred articles in international academic journals.
D. Wade Hands is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Puget Sound, USA, and has taught history of economic thought for over thirty years. He has written on a wide range of topics in the history of economic thought and economic methodology.
Robert McMaster is Professor of Political Economy in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has published numerous academic articles and was a co-editor of the Review of Social Economy from 2005 to 2017.