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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

11-20 of 41 results in Economics as Social Theory
  1. 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 9th 2009 by Routledge

  2. 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 28th 2008 by Routledge

  3. 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 19th 2007 by Routledge

  4. 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 14th 2006 by Routledge

  5. 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 8th 2006 by Routledge

  6. Transforming Economics

    Perspectives on the Critical Realist Project

    Edited by Paul Lewis

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Economics has become polarised. On the one hand there is a body of economists who concern themselves with progressing their discipline via an increasing use of mathematical modelling. On the other hand, there are economists who believe passionately that in order for economics to be useful it needs...

    Published November 18th 2004 by Routledge

  7. The Evolution of Institutional Economics

    By Geoffrey M Hodgson

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    This exciting new book from Geoffrey Hodgson is eagerly awaited by social scientists from many different backgrounds. This book charts the rise, fall and renewal of institutional economics in the critical, analytical and readable style that Hodgson's fans have come to know and love, and that a new...

    Published March 4th 2004 by Routledge

  8. Postcolonialism Meets Economics

    By S. Charusheela, Eiman Zein-Elabdin

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    In the last half century, economics has taken over from anthropology the role of drawing the powerful conceptual worldviews that organize knowledge and inform policy in both domestic and international contexts. Until now however, the colonial roots of economic theory have remained relatively...

    Published October 23rd 2003 by Routledge

  9. The Philosophy of Keynes' Economics

    Probability, Uncertainty and Convention

    Edited by Sohei Mizuhara, Jochen Runde

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    John Maynard Keynes is undoubtedly the most influential Western economist of the twentieth century. His emphasis on the nature and role of uncertainty in economic thought is a dominant theme in his writings.This book brings together a wide array of experts on Keynes' thought such as Gay Tulip Meeks...

    Published May 29th 2003 by Routledge

  10. Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Economics

    By Drucilla Barker, Edith Kuiper

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Feminist economists have demonstrated that interrogating hierarchies based on gender, ethnicity, class and nation results in an economics that is biased and more faithful to empirical evidence than are mainstream accounts.This rigorous and comprehensive book examines many of the central...

    Published April 3rd 2003 by Routledge