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Pluralistic Economics and Its History

1st Edition

Edited by Ajit Sinha, Alex M. Thomas

Routledge India

320 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This volume is a history of economics — as it was interpreted, discussed and established as a discipline — in the 20th century. It highlights the pluralism of the discipline and brings together leading voices in the field who reflect on their lifelong work. The essays in this draw on a host of traditions of economic thought — including Pre-Classical, Classical, Marxian, Neoclassical, Sraffian, Post-Keynesian, Cantabrigian, and Institutionalist traditions in economics. Further, the volume also looks at the history of economics in India and its evolution as a discipline since the country’s independence.

This book will appeal to students, researchers and teachers of economics, intellectual history, as well as to the interested general reader.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Ajit Sinha and Alex M. Thomas

2. History, Logic and Narrative in Pedagogy

C. T. Kurien

3. Theories of Activity Levels and Growth before Adam Smith

Alex M. Thomas

4. From ‘Change’ to ‘Difference’: Sraffa’s Reinterpretation of Classical Economics

Ajit Sinha

5. A History of Marxian Economics 1960-2010: How We 'Did' It

Meghnad Desai

6. Capitalism, Classical Political Economy and Marx's Departures

Chirashree Das Gupta 

7. On the Origins of Post Keynesian Macroeconomics 

John King

8. Geoff Harcourt on G.C. Harcourt, as told to Ajit Sinha 

Geoffrey Harcourt

9. Is there a Cambridge approach to Economics?

Cristina Marcuzzo

10. Between Theory and History: The Structural Dynamics Tradition

Roberto Scazzieri

11. Buffer Stock Operations in History and Economic Thought

Romar Correa

12. History of Institutional Economics

Phillip Anthony O’Hara

13. General Equilibrium: A Status Report

Anjan Mukherji

14. Historical Perspective of Econometrics

K.L. Krishna 

15. Writings of Indian Economic History since Independence

Tirthankar Roy

16. On the Evolution of Heterodox Economic Thinking in India

Sunanda Sen

17. Two Sides of the Colonial Coin: British and Indian Women’s Engagements with Colonialism and Patriarchy

Sheetal Bharat


About the Editors

Ajit Sinha is Professor of Economics at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India. He is the author of Theories of Value from Adam Smith to Piero Sraffa, published by Routledge and A Revolution in Economic Theory: The Economics of Piero Sraffa, published by Palgrave Macmillan. His main area of research has been the History of Economic Theory, particularly the theories of value and distribution in the history of economics. He has more than 40 research papers published in reputed international journals and edited books and encyclopedias.

Alex M. Thomas is Senior Lecturer of Economics at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India. His current areas of interest are economic growth & development, classical economics, Indian economy and history of economic thought.His articles have been published in national and international journals like the Economic & Political Weekly and History of Economics Review.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory