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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

31-40 of 43 results in Economics as Social Theory
  1. The New Economic Criticism

    Studies at the interface of literature and economics

    Edited by Mark Osteen, Martha Woodmansee

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    This collection brings together twenty-seven essays by influential literary and cultural historians, as well as representatives of the vanguard of postmodernist economics. Contributors include: Jean-Joseph Goux, Marc Shell. This is a pathbreaking work which develops a new form of economic analysis....

    Published March 18th 1999 by Routledge

  2. Critical Realism in Economics

    Development and Debate

    Edited by Steve Fleetwood

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Drawing on the fields of economic methodology and economic theory, this title opens up new forms of investigation in economics and transforms the nature of economic reasoning. The work combines contributions from authors critical of this approach with those who are concerned to clarify its full...

    Published December 3rd 1998 by Routledge

  3. Economics and Utopia

    Why the Learning Economy is Not the End of History

    By Geoffrey M Hodgson

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Since the fall of the Berlin Wall we have been told that no alternative to Western capitalism is possible or desirable. This book challenges this view with two arguments. First, the above premise ignores the enormous variety within capitalism itself. Second, there are enormous forces of...

    Published December 3rd 1998 by Routledge

  4. The Market

    Ethics, Knowledge and Politics

    By John O'Neill

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Following the failure of 'really existing socialism' in Eastern Europe and Asia, the market is now generally perceived, by Left and Right, to be supreme in any rational economic system. The current debate now focuses on the proper boundaries of markets rather than the system itself. This book...

    Published May 7th 1998 by Routledge

  5. Economics and Reality

    By Tony Lawson

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    'No reality please. We're economists'. There is a wide spread belief that modern economics is irrelevant to the understanding of the real world. In a controversial and original study, Tony Lawson argues that the root of this irrelevance is in the failure of economists to find methods and tools...

    Published January 2nd 1997 by Routledge

  6. Feminism, Objectivity and Economics

    By Julie Nelson

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published December 7th 1995 by Routledge

  7. Economic Evolution

    An Inquiry into the Foundations of the New Institutional Economics

    By Jack J Vromen

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    The new institutional economics offers one of the most exciting research agendas in economics today. Yet can it really explain processes of economic change? Economic Evolution explores three of the main approaches within the new institutional economics:* the new theory of the firm,* Nelson and...

    Published October 19th 1995 by Routledge

  8. Beyond Rhetoric and Realism in Economics

    Towards a Reformulation of Methodology

    By Thomas Boylan, Paschal O'Gorman

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    Boylan and O'Gorman inject a fresh empiricist voice into the recent debates in economic methodology.... praise the book for its careful scholarship, its intellectual novelty and its familiarity with existing methodological literature." D. Wade Hands, University of Puget Sound, USA...

    Published June 8th 1995 by Routledge

  9. Rules and Choice in Economics

    Essays in Constitutional Political Economy

    By Viktor J Vanberg

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published December 8th 1994 by Routledge

  10. New Directions in Economic Methodology

    Edited by Roger E. Backhouse

    Series: Economics as Social Theory

    In recent years there has been a flowering of work on economic methodology. However there is no longer any consensus about which direction this should take or, indeed, even what the role and content of economic methodology should be. This book reflects this diversity. Its contributors are...

    Published June 16th 1994 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Rethinking Economics for Social Justice: The Radical Potential of Human Rights
    By Radhika Balakrishnan, Diane Elson, James Heintz
    To Be Published March 1st 2016
  2. A Corporate Welfare Economy
    By Jim Angresano
    To Be Published April 30th 2016

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