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’ 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.
List of Contributors
List of Figures
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 1 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 Crespo
5. Reflections on Reflexivity and Complexity, J. Barkley Rosser, Jr.
Part 2 Seeking Justice: The Promotion of Care and Capabilities
6. Understanding the Subaltern Native Middle Class, William Darity Jr.
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