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Economics as Social Theory

Series Editor: Tony Lawson

Social Theory is experiencing something of a revival within economics. Critical analyses of the particular nature of the subject matter of social studies and of the types of method, categories and modes of explanation that can legitimately be endorsed for the scientific study of social objects, are re-emerging. Economists are again addressing such issues as the relationship between agency and structure, between economy and the rest of society, and between the enquirer and the object of enquiry. There is a renewed interest in elaborating basic categories such as causation, competition, culture, discrimination, evolution, money, need, order, organization, power probability, process, rationality, technology, time, truth, uncertainty, value etc.

The objective for this series is to facilitate this revival further. In contemporary economics the label “theory” has been appropriated by a group that confines itself to largely asocial, ahistorical, mathematical “modelling”. Economics as Social Theory thus reclaims the “Theory” label, offering a platform for alternative rigorous, but broader and more critical conceptions of theorizing.

New and Published Books

1-10 of 39 results in Economics as Social Theory
  1. Commerce and Community

    Ecologies of Social Cooperation

    Edited by Robert F. Garnett Jr., Paul Lewis, Lenore T. Ealy

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Since the end of the Cold War, the human face of economics has gained renewed visibility and generated new conversations among economists and other social theorists. The monistic, mechanical "economic systems" that characterized the capitalism vs. socialism debates of the mid-twentieth century have...

    Published December 9th 2014 by Routledge

  2. A History of Financial Crises

    Dreams and Follies of Expectations

    By Cihan Bilginsoy

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    "Once-in-a-lifetime" financial crises have been a recurrent part of life in the last three decades. It is no longer possible to dismiss or ignore them as aberrations in an otherwise well-functioning system. Nor are they peculiar to recent times. Going back in history, asset price bubbles and...

    Published November 30th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Social Ontology and Modern Economics

    Edited by Stephen Pratten

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Economists increasingly recognise that engagement with social ontology – the study of the basic subject matter and constitution of social reality - can facilitate more relevant analysis. This growing recognition amongst economists of the importance of social ontology is due very considerably to the...

    Published September 24th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Economic Methodology

    A Historical Introduction

    By Harro Maas

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Ever since the inception of economics over two hundred years ago, the tools at the discipline’s disposal have grown more and more more sophisticated. This book provides a historical introduction to the methodology of economics through the eyes of economists. The story begins with John...

    Published February 17th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Understanding Development Economics

    Its Challenge to Development Studies

    By Adam Fforde

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Important parts of development practice, especially in key institutions such as the World Bank, are dominated by economists. In contrast, Development Studies is largely based upon multidisciplinary work in which anthropologists, human geographers, sociologists, and others play important roles....

    Published December 12th 2013 by Routledge

  6. The Cambridge Revival of Political Economy

    By Nuno Ornelas Martins

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    The marginalist revolution of the late nineteenth century consolidated what Karl Marx and Piero Sraffa called ‘vulgar economy’, bringing with it an emphasis on a scarcity theory that replaced the classical surplus theory. However, the classical political economy of Adam Smith and David Ricardo has...

    Published October 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  7. Introducing Money

    By Mark Peacock

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    This book provides a theoretical and historical examination of the evolution of money. It is distinct from the majority of ‘economic’ approaches, for it does not see money as an outgrowth of market exchange via barter. Instead, the social, political, legal and religious origins of money are...

    Published March 12th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Development and Globalization

    A Marxian Class Analysis

    By David F. Ruccio

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Since the mid-1980s, David F. Ruccio has been developing a new framework of Marxian class analysis and applying it to various issues in socialist planning, Third World development, and capitalist globalization. The aim of this collection is to show, through a series of concrete examples, how...

    Published September 27th 2010 by Routledge

  9. From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics

    The Shifting Boundaries between Economics and other Social Sciences

    By Ben Fine, Dimitris Milonakis

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Is or has economics ever been the imperial social science? Could or should it ever be so? These are the central concerns of this book. It involves a critical reflection on the process of how economics became the way it is, in terms of a narrow and intolerant orthodoxy, that has, nonetheless,...

    Published April 8th 2009 by Routledge

  10. From Political Economy to Economics

    Method, the social and the historical in the evolution of economic theory

    By Dimitris Milonakis, Ben Fine

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Economics has become a monolithic science, variously described as formalistic and autistic with neoclassical orthodoxy reigning supreme. So argue Dimitris Milonakis and Ben Fine in this new major work of critical recollection. The authors show how economics was once rich, diverse, multidimensional...

    Published October 27th 2008 by Routledge