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Critical Political Economy: Complexity, Rationality, and the Logic of Post-Orthodox Pluralism (Hardback)

Christian Arnsperger

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ISBN 10: 0415446309 / ISBN 13: 9780415446303
Edité par Taylor Francis Ltd, United Kingdom, 2008
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This book asks how a more liberating economics could be constructed and taught. It suggests that if economists today are serious about emancipation and empowerment, they will have to radically change their conception about what it means for a citizen to act rationally in a complex society. Arnsperger emphasises that current economics neglects an important fact: Many of us ask not only what s in it for us , within a given socio-economic context; we also care about the context itself. The author argues that if citizens keen on exercising their critical reason actually demanded economic theories that allowed them to do so, economics would have to become a constantly emerging, open-ended knowledge process. He claims that in a truly free economy, there would be no all-out war between orthodox and heterodox approaches, but an intricate and unpredictable post-orthodox pluralism that would emerge from the citizens own complex interactions. Offering an original and path-breaking combination of insights from Hayek, the theory of complexity, and the Frankfurt School of social criticism, Arnsperger discusses how such a free economy would generate its specific brand of economics, called Critical Political Economy. N° de réf. du libraire AA69780415446303

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Titre : Critical Political Economy: Complexity, ...

Éditeur : Taylor Francis Ltd, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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This book asks how a more liberating economics could be constructed and taught. It suggests that if economists today are serious about emancipation and empowerment, they will have to radically change their conception about what it means for a citizen to act rationally in a complex society.

Arnsperger emphasises that current economics neglects an important fact: Many of us ask not only ‘what’s in it for us’, within a given socio-economic context; we also care about the context itself. The author argues that if citizens keen on exercising their critical reason actually demanded economic theories that allowed them to do so, economics would have to become a constantly emerging, open-ended knowledge process. He claims that in a truly free economy, there would be no all-out war between ‘orthodox’ and ‘heterodox’ approaches, but an intricate and unpredictable ‘post-orthodox’ pluralism that would emerge from the citizens’ own complex interactions.

Offering an original and path-breaking combination of insights from Hayek, the theory of complexity, and the Frankfurt School of social criticism, Arnsperger discusses how such a free economy would generate its specific brand of economics, called ‘Critical Political Economy’

About the Author:

Nico Carpentier is Associate Professor at the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and Lecturer at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is also an executive board member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Kim Christian Schroder is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at Roskilde University, Denmark. Lawrie Hallett is Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.

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