Real World Economics: A Post-autistic Economics Reader

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Edward Fullbrook
Anthem Press, 2007 - Business & Economics - 496 pages
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Economics is extremely sick. It is so locked in its past that nearly all of its introductory textbooks are modelled on one that appeared in 1948. The discipline cannot continue in its autistic state much longer. This book takes you to the heart of a fiery and many-faceted debate. It is comprised of 66 articles that have been selected based on their importance to the reform movement and for their accessibility to the general reader. Real economic problems concern real people, so their analysis must be made intelligible to an educated general public if real democracy is to function. All economists must learn to live without the belief that there is only one right way of describing and explaining reality. This requires economists to begin the development of an ethos of honesty regarding the limitations of their chosen approaches. In engaging and thought-provoking prose, this book brings these and other conflicts out into the open and places them in the context of the major issues of the 21st century. This book will be of key interest to students of political economy and economic history.
 

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Contents

The Rand Portcullis and postautistic economics
13
The social and intellectual organization and construction of
27
Ze Siler
35
Why neoclassical economics explains nothing at all
45
A science too human? Economics
53
the disappearing science?
63
Beautiful mind nonexistent prize
71
An igNobel scandal
77
Dynamic versus static efficiency
281
Is anything worth keeping in standard microeconomics?
293
Bruce Caldwell
301
Response to Guerriens essay
309
Two perspectives to Guerriens question
315
What should be retained from standard microeconomics
323
For Guerrien and beyond
329
Can we please move on? A note on the Guerrien debate
339

Seven theses for a theory of realist economics
87
orthodoxy economy and trust
105
Towards a realistic epistemology for economics 1 15
117
Claude Mouchot
123
Revisiting The Crisis of Vision in Modern Economic Thought
135
A refinement or an alternative to neoclassical
151
Towards a postautistic managerial economics
163
Three arguments for pluralism in economics
171
Pleas for pluralism
177
whose efficiency?
185
an
191
Ecological economics is postautistic
199
whats wrong with cost
205
ls GDP a good measure of economic progress?
215
it is so moreish
221
Kicking away the ladder
231
Japan refutation of neoliberalism
237
the case of labour intensive
259
Policy relevance in the Latin American School of Economics
267
a hightech utopia and a high
353
The political economy of destructive power
367
from Spinoza to Sen and beyond
377
Thermodynamics and economics
391
Ethics In economic theory
399
Ethics and economic actors
409
Social being as a problem for an ethical economics
417
economics
427
The economists long farewell
435
keeping it real
445
Form and content in neoclassical theory
451
in search of method
457
Consumer sovereignty reexamined
463
The French students petition
471
Postautirtie Eeonomzes Newsletter issue no 1
477
The Cambridge University students petition
483
The Harvard students petition
489
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Edward Fullbrook is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Economics, University of West England.

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