The discipline of ecomics has been increasingly criticized for its inability to illuminate the workings of the real world and to provide reliable policy guidance for the major ecomic and social challenges of our time. A central problem in contemporary ecomics, and a problem from which many of its other failings flow, is its lack of plurality. By a lack of plurality it is meant that contemporary ecomics lacks diversity in its methods, theories, epistemology and methodology. It is also meant that ecomics has become far less interdisciplinary. From Ecomics to Political Ecomy offers an explanation as to why ecomics has become so determinedly n-pluralistic, and also gives considerable attention to exploring and evaluating promising strategies for reform. These strategies include developing a pluralist ecomics under the label of 'political ecomy' within other social science departments (such as departments of politics). Along the way the reader will learn about the worldwide student movement seeking greater pluralism in ecomics, encounter some dramatic case studies in intellectual suppression, gain a fuller sense of the nature of contemporary ecomics and explore the relationship between ecomics and other social sciences. This book is of interest to any social scientist, particularly those with interests in ecomics and politics.
Tim B. Thornton is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and Philosophy, and the Institute of Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University, Australia, where he teaches political economy and convenes La Trobe's Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Master of International Development degrees. Tim has a PhD in economics from La Trobe University and a Master of Arts (International Development) from Monash University, Australia. He has published regularly on the topic of pluralism in economics, the nature and direction of contemporary economics and the relationship between economics and other social sciences.
Tim B. Thornton
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Economics: Professional & General
New Political Economy
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