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A History of Heterodox Economics: Challenging the Mainstream - download pdf or read online

By Frederic Lee

ISBN-10: 0415777143

ISBN-13: 9780415777148

Economics is a contested educational self-discipline among neoclassical economics and a set of different methods, akin to Marxism-radical economics, Institutional economics, publish Keynesian economics, and others, which could jointly be known as heterodox economics. as a result dominance of neoclassical economics, the life of the choice ways is mostly no longer identified. This booklet is anxious with the neighborhood background of heterodox economics, obvious basically during the eyes of Marxian-radical economics and publish Keynesian economics.

Throughout the twentieth century neoclassical economists along with country and college energy have attacked heterodox economists and attempted to cleanse them from the academy. Professor Lee, his groundbreaking new identify discusses concerns together with the contested panorama of yankee economics within the Seventies, the emergence and institution of submit Keynesian economics within the US and the advance of heterodox economics in Britain from 1970 to 1996.


'Fred Lee is a world treasure to heterodox economics, and this publication is a treasure chest for heterodox economists, rigorously laying out the place we now have come from and what we're up opposed to. it's primary studying for all of these involved to provide possible choices to an intellectually bankrupt and illiberal mainstream.' -- Ben wonderful (SOAS, college of London, UK)

'Fred Lee has his finger at the pulse of heterodox economics. This publication can be of curiosity to someone fascinated about heterodox economics, its background, and its destiny. In documenting a number of the little-known heritage of heterodox economics within the twentieth century, Fred Lee has created a useful paintings that fills an incredible hole within the literature.' -- Geoffrey Schneider (Bucknell college, USA)

'Fred Lee is a passionate and tireless proponent of heterodox economics, either in his organizational and scholarly actions. during this ebook the 2 units of actions come jointly. Lee presents an outstanding dialogue of the heritage of heterodox economics in context of the firms and networks of the economics discipline.' -- Wilfred Dolfsma (Utrecht college, the Netherlands)

'For a long time, Lee has been meticulously documenting the marginalization or even exclusion of heterodox economics within the US and the united kingdom. finally, he has prepare his long-awaited, encyclopedic survey of the sphere. even though, this ebook reads good, unlike a dry encyclopedia. Lee provides colour by way of introducing his reader to some of the students with a purpose to supply a context to their paintings. ... This publication merits the widest attainable flow. ... hugely suggested. -- selection, M. Perelman (California nation college)

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Heterodox economics in the late 1960s up to 1974. These top programs produced 5,486 doctorates in economics from 1962 to 1974 or 59 percent of the total number of doctorates in economics produced. Since a majority of the graduates of the top doctoral programs go on to staff the top and lesser tier doctoral programs, these near-totally trained neoclassical economists (with near-complete ignorance of heterodox economics) ensured that, in spite of the social upheaval of the 1960s, what was taught in more than 80 percent of the doctoral programs across the United States over the next thirty years was near exclusively neoclassical theory.

51 The second censure that heterodox economists faced resulted from their disinterest or opposition to being respectable neoclassical economists. The wartime work of economists in the context of the United States war-command economy strangely enough convinced them and post-war economists of the validity of neoclassical price theory and of the usefulness of formalistic and mathematical discourse. Moreover, in the Cold War years neoclassical theory in general and specialized areas such as linear programming and game theory received significant amounts of financial support from Washington as well as from foundations because they contributed to the “objective” needs of national defense.

1, the question that is examined in this chapter is did the near hegemony of neoclassical economics in the twentieth century or more specifically the 130-year period from 1870 to 2000 arise because it was the “better mousetrap” or were there other factors involved? That is, was the period characterized by doctrinal harmony or was it contested? And if it was contested, how did neoclassical economics maintain its dominance—was it indeed a better mousetrap or were other factors at work? To answer the question, it is necessary to start with the rise to dominance of neoclassical economics 1870 to 1900 and its organizational-academic dominance from 1900 to 1970, followed by an examination of the contested landscape and heretical theory from 1900 to 1940 and from 1945 to 1970, and ending with the use of department and journal rankings as the socialcontrol mechanism through which neoclassical dominance was maintained from 1970 to 2000.

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