Interdisciplinary Economics

Kenneth E. Boulding’s Engagement in the Sciences

Edited by Wilfred Dolfsma, Stefan Kesting

© 2013 – Routledge

606 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Kenneth Boulding was a prolific writer across so many different fields that not only is he often much referred to and cited, he is considered a core member of many of these fields. Boulding is the quintessential interdisciplinary scholar. He died in 1993, but he has left a legacy in economics, conflict studies, systems theory, ecology, biology, communication studies, and ethics. As an economist proper he has tested and expanded the boundaries of that field without unduly "invading" and undermining the expertise and established knowledge of the other social sciences. This proposed volume will allow scholars who have worked or are starting to work in areas that Boulding has initiated, established and made a continued contribution to, to understand the links between these fields and other related ones. The volume will establish a source of inspiration for some time to come.


'Only a book of this sweeping scope could serve as a suitable tribute to a mind like Kenneth Boulding’s. It can also be used as an introduction to his work, his style, and his influence on not only the economics profession but social science and scholarship in general. As one of his students, I am glad that through this collection his work can influence others in the way it influenced me.' - Robert Scott Gassler, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

'This is great homage to the perennial themes of the work of Kenneth Boulding and more. The volume should ignite interest in trans-disciplinary research—where the exchanges among disciplines would lead to a unified social theory research.' - Elias L. Khalil, Monash University, Australia

Table of Contents

1. General Introduction Sefan Kesting and Wilfred Dolfsma 2. Systems Theory 3. Unity of Social Sciences 4.Economics & Morality 5. Communication/Persuasion 6.Power Theory 7.Evolutionary economics 8.Institutions / Institutional Economics 9. Spaceship Earth (ecological economics) 10.Cultural Economics 11. Grant economics 12. Conflict resolution, Peace 13.Teaching Economics 14. The Future of Economics 15. Epilogue Stefan Kesting and Wilfred Dolfsma

About the Editors

Wilfred Dolfsma is chair of Innovation at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Stefan Kesting is Senior Lecturer in Economics at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Subject Categories

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