Ecomics in the Shadows of Darwin and Marx examines the legacies of these two giants of thought for the social sciences in the twenty-first century. Darwin and Marx stand out as the supreme theorists of structural change in complex living systems. Yet their analytical approaches are very different, and the idea that Darwinism has application to the social sciences is t widely appreciated. This collection of essays establishes the importance of Darwinism for ecomics and other social sciences, and compares the Darwinian legacy with that of Marx. Critical realism is just one of the tendencies within ecomics influenced by Marxism that is dissected here. The final part of the book adopts a Darwinian evolutionary approach to the analysis of institutions and routines. Geoffrey Hodgson's book will be warmly welcomed and received by evolutionary and institutional ecomists, methodologists of ecomics and other social sciences, heterodox ecomists as well as other social scientists including ecomic sociologists, organisation scientists and political scientists.
Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Research Professor in Business Studies, University of Hertfordshire, UK