Pluralist Economics

Pluralist Economics

By: Edward Fullbrook (editor), David Colander (contributor), Thomas Mayer (contributor), Peter Earl (contributor), Jeroen van Bouwel (contributor), Mohamed Aslam Haneef (contributor), J. E. King (contributor), Hodgson Hodgson (contributor), Landreth Landreth (contributor), Yanis Varoufakis (contributor)Hardback

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This book is an authoritative and accessible guide to the pluralist movement threatening to revolutionise mainstream economics. Leading figures in the field explain why pluralism is a required virtue in economics, how it came to be blocked and what it means for the way we think about, research and teach economics. The first part of the book looks at how neoclassical economics gained its stranglehold, particularly in the United States, and how the social and intellectual underpinnings of economics have enabled it to maintain this in the face of inconsistent evidence from the real world. This is then contrasted with different approaches to pluralism. Pluralist Economics then goes on to address the array of arguments for establishing pluralism, showing how economics came to function as a concealed ideology and not as a science, and how value-free economics is an illusion. Finally, it addresses the practical problems presented by this different way of doing economics.

About Author

Edward Fullbrook is the founder and editor of The Real World Economics Review (formerly the Post-Autistic Economics Review) and webmaster of He is a research fellow in the School of Economics at the University of the West of England. He is the author of Sex and Philosophy: Rethinking de Beauvoir and Sartre (2008).


Notes on Contributors Introduction - Edward Fullbrook Part I: What is Pluralism? 1. Neoclassical Economics: Three Identifying Features - Christian Arnsperger and Yanis Varoufakis 2. Pluralism, Formalism and American Economics - Harry Landreth and David Colander 3. The Construction of Economics - Kyle Siler 4. Paradigms and Pluralism - Robert F. Garnett, Jr. Part II: Arguments for Pluralism 5. Narrative Pluralism - Edward Fullbrook 6. Three Arguments for Pluralism - J. E. King 7. Economics as Ideology - Peter Soederbaum 8. Metaphor and Pluralism - Geoffrey Hodgson 9. Explanatory Pluralism - Jeroen van Bouwel Part III: Pluralist Practice in Economics 10. Beyond Talking the Talk - Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman 11. In the Economics Classroom - Peter Earl 12. Some Practical Aspects - Thomas Mayer 13. Islamic Economics: A Case Study - Mohamed Aslam Haneef Notes References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848130432
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781848130432
  • ISBN10: 1848130430

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