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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 37 results in Economics as Social Theory
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Speaking of Economics

    How to Get in the Conversation

    By Arjo Klamer

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Making sense of economists and their world in a persuasive and entertaining style, Arjo Klamer, the author of a number of influential books including Conversation with Economists and The Consequences of Economic Rhetoric, shows that economics is as much about how people interact as it is about the...

    Published February 18th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Markets, Deliberation and Environment

    By John O'Neill

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    What is the source of our environmental problems? Why is there in modern societies a persistent tendency to environmental damage? From within neoclassical economic theory there is a straightforward answer to those questions: it is because environmental goods and harms are unpriced. They come free....

    Published December 13th 2006 by Routledge

  10. New Departures in Marxian Theory

    By Stephen Resnick, Richard Wolff

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Over the last twenty-five years, Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff have developed a groundbreaking interpretation of Marxian theory generally and of Marxian economics in particular. This book brings together their key contributions and underscores their different interpretations. In facing...

    Published June 7th 2006 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Social Ontology and Modern Economics
    Edited by Stephen Pratten
    To Be Published September 25th 2014
  2. A History of Financial Crises: Dreams and Follies of Expectations
    By Cihan Bilginsoy
    To Be Published November 20th 2014
  3. Commerce and Community: Ecologies of Social Cooperation
    Edited by Robert F. Garnett Jr., Paul Lewis, Lenore T. Ealy
    To Be Published December 11th 2014
  4. The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Finance: From Hubris to Disgrace
    Edited by Patrick O'Sullivan, Nigel Allington, Mark Esposito
    To Be Published March 30th 2015

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