Enacting Dismal Science: New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics (Perspectives from Social Economics 1st ed. 2016)

Enacting Dismal Science: New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics (Perspectives from Social Economics 1st ed. 2016)

By: Ekaterina Svetlova (editor), Ivan A. Boldyrev (editor)Hardback

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In this book, sociologists, philosophers, and economists investigate the conceptual issues around the performativity of economics over a variety of disciplinary contexts and provide new case studies illuminating this phenomenon. In featuring the latest contributions to the performativity debate the book revives discussion of the fundamental questions: What precise meaning can we attribute to the notion of performativity? What empirical evidence can help us recognize economics as performative? And what consequences does performativity have for contemporary societies? The contributions demonstrate how performativity can serve as a powerful conceptual resource in dealing with economic knowledge, as an inspiring framework for investigating performative practices, and as an engine of discovery for thinking of the economic proper.

About Author

Ivan Boldyrev is Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics, Russia, and Research Associate at the Witten Institute for Institutional Change at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. His books include Ernst Bloch and His Contemporaries and Hegel, Institutions and Economics (with Carsten Herrmann-Pillath). He has authored many articles focusing on the intellectual history of economics, philosophy of the social sciences, and German Idealism. Ekaterina Svetlova is a Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Finance at the University of Leicester's School of Management, UK. Previously, she has been a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Constance, Germany; Zeppelin University, Germany; and University of Basel, Switzerland. She also worked as a Portfolio Manager and Financial Analyst at a big investment company in Frankfurt, Germany, for six years. Svetlova has published on themes such as economic sociology, social studies of finance, and economic philosophy in journals that include Economy and Society, Culture and Organization, Science in Context, Synthese and International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.


1. After the Turn: How the Performativity of Economics Matters; Ivan Boldyrev and Ekaterina Svetlova2. Performativity Rationalized; Francesco Guala3. Performative Mechanisms; Carsten Hermann-Pillath4. `Doing' Laboratory Experiments: An Ethnomethodological Study of the Performative Practice of Behavioral Economic Research; Juliane Boehme5. The Problem with Economics: Naturalism, Critique, and Performativity; Fabian Muniesa6. Performativity Matters: Economic Description as a Moral Problem; Philip Roscoe7. The IS-LMization of the General Theory and the Construction of Hydraulic Governability in Postwar Keynesian Macroeconomics; Hanno Pahl and Jan Sparsam8. Performativity and the Emergence of Institutions; Ekaterina Svetlova

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781137492104
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 206
  • ID: 9781137492104
  • weight: 412
  • ISBN10: 1137492104
  • edition: 1st ed. 2016

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