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What is Heterodox Economics?

Conversations with Leading Economists, 1st Edition

By Andrew Mearman, Sebastian Berger, Danielle Guizzo


314 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Since the Global Financial Crisis, economics has been under greater public scrutiny, revealing a crisis in the discipline. This represented a potential turning point on how economics should be thought and taught. Heterodox economics has played a prominent role in these discussions revolving around new economics thinking and pluralism in economics. Yet, its identity, aspirations, and pedagogy remain underexplored, contested, and somewhat opaque.

This volume brings together sixteen interviews with leading economists to understand what heterodox economics is. How and why does an economist become heterodox? In which way do heterodox economists see themselves as ‘different’ from mainstream economics? The interviews shed light on what problems heterodox economists perceive in the mainstream; elucidate the different contexts under which they operate in higher education; and provide insights on their ontology and methodology. The reader will also find answers to the following questions about the nature and state of heterodox economics: Do heterodox economists have particular intellectual journeys, motives and aspirations? Is this reflected in their teaching practices and strategies to achieve social change? What is the relation between heterodox economics and the humanities and arts?

Appealing to a diverse audience, including philosophers, sociologists and historians of economic thought, the book will be of great interest to anyone keen to find out more about the internal discussions in the economics discipline.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

2. Sheila Dow

3. Fernando Cardim de Carvalho

4. William Darity

5. S. Charusheela

6. Karma Ura

7. Rolf Steppacher

8. Julie Nelson

9. Tony Lawson

10. Joan Martinez-Alier

11. Esther-Mirjam Sent

12. Gary Mongiovi

13. Anwar Shaikh

14. Victoria Chick

15. Edward Fullbrook

16. David Dequech

17. Ulrich Witt

18. Concluding Thoughts


About the Authors

Andrew Mearman is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Leeds, UK. He has previously taught at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK; Wagner College, New York, USA; and the University of Lincoln, UK. He has published extensively on economics education, the philosophy and methodology of economics, and heterodox economics and pluralism.

Sebastian Berger is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK. He is recipient of the Helen Potter Award from the Association for Social Economics and trustee of the Kapp Foundation for the Humanization and Integration of the Social Sciences.

Danielle Guizzo is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK. She has published articles on the history of economic thought, philosophy of economics and teaching of economics.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Heterodox Economics

Over the past two decades, the intellectual agendas of heterodox economists have taken a decidedly pluralist turn.  Leading thinkers have begun to move beyond the established paradigms of Austrian, feminist, Institutional-evolutionary, Marxian, Post Keynesian, radical, social, and Sraffian economics—opening up new lines of analysis, criticism, and dialogue among dissenting schools of thought.  This cross-fertilization of ideas is creating a new generation of scholarship in which novel combinations of heterodox ideas are being brought to bear on important contemporary and historical problems.

Routledge Advances in Heterodox Economics aims to promote this new scholarship by publishing innovative books in heterodox economic theory, policy, philosophy, intellectual history, institutional history, and pedagogy.  Syntheses or critical engagement of two or more heterodox traditions are especially encouraged.

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Subject Categories

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