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The Puzzle of Modern Economics: Science or Ideology? (Hardback)

Roger E. Backhouse

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ISBN 10: 0521825547 / ISBN 13: 9780521825542
Edité par CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2010
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Does economics hold the key to everything or does the recent financial crisis show that it has failed? This book provides an assessment of modern economics that cuts through the confusion and controversy on this question. Case studies of the creation of new markets, the Russian transition to capitalism, globalization, and money and finance establish that economics has been very successful where problems have been well defined and where the world can be changed to fit the theory, but that it has been less successful in tackling bigger problems. The book then offers a historical perspective on how economists have, since the Second World War, tried to make their subject scientific. It explores the evolving relationship between science and ideology and investigates the place of heterodoxy and dissent within the discipline. N° de réf. du libraire AAA9780521825542

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Titre : The Puzzle of Modern Economics: Science or ...

Éditeur : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Does economics hold the key to everything or does the recent financial crisis show that it has failed? This book provides an assessment of modern economics that cuts through the confusion and controversy on this question. Case studies of the creation of new markets, the Russian transition to capitalism, globalization, and money and finance establish that economics has been very successful where problems have been well defined and where the world can be changed to fit the theory, but that it has been less successful in tackling bigger problems. The book then offers a historical perspective on how economists have, since the Second World War, tried to make their subject scientific. It explores the evolving relationship between science and ideology and investigates the place of heterodoxy and dissent within the discipline. It is argued that, though there are problems with the discipline, economics is needed to combat the myths that abound concerning economic problems.

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Does economics hold the key to everything or does the recent financial crisis show that it has failed? The answer is somewhere in between - economics can do some things well but does others badly. Economists have tried to make their discipline scientific, but ideology has not been eliminated. Economics has problems, but it is needed to debunk myths.

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