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Author Lawson, Tony.

Title Reorienting economics / Tony Lawson.

Published London : Routledge, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  330.1 LAWS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvi, 383 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Economics as social theory.
Economics as social theory.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Part I Current orientation of the discipline and the proposed alternative 1 -- 1 Four theses on the state of modern economics 3 -- 2 An ontological turn in economics 28 -- 3 What has realism got to do with it? 63 -- Part II Possibilities for economics 77 -- 4 Explanatory method for social science 79 -- 5 An evolutionary economics? On borrowing from evolutionary biology 110 -- 6 Economics as a distinct social science? The nature, scope and method of economics 141 -- Part III Heterodox traditions of modern economics 165 -- 7 Nature of post Keynesianism and the problem of delineating the various heterodox traditions 168 -- 8 Institutional economics and realist social theorising 184 -- 9 Feminism, realism and universalism 218 -- Part IV A historical perspective on economic practice 245 -- 10 An explanation of the mathematising tendency in modern mainstream economics 247.
Summary This eagerly anticipated new book from Tony Lawson contends that economics can profit from a more explicit concern with ontology (enquiry into the nature of existence) than has been its custom. By admitting that economics is not exactly a picture of health at the moment, Lawson hopes that we can move away from the bafflingly intransigent belief that economics is at its core reliant upon mathematical modelling. This maths-envy is "the" reason why economics is in a state of such disarray.
Subject Economics.
ISBN 0415253357 (cased) £60.00
0415253365 (paperback) £21.99