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Fine, Ben (2019) 'Economics and Interdisciplinarity: One Step Forward, N Steps Back?' Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais (119). pp. 131-148.

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Mainstream economics has become more interdisciplinary. Why is this? Does it represent a break with its intra-disciplinary character? How does it relate to major points of criticism – the lack of realism and disregard for methodology and alternative schools and history of economic thought? What light does this shed on the nature of economics today? Answers are found by tracing “economics imperialism” through three phases, emphasising the “historical logic” of economics imperialism, how its initial confinement to market supply and demand created a logical framing of universal application. As a result, microeconomics (and econometrics) triumphed over other fields and methods to such an extent and with such an acceptability that its corresponding principles are now applied, however inconsistently, with those of other disciplines and fields through a process termed “suspension”.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: economic alternatives, epistemological decolonization, interdisciplinarity, mainstream economics, political economy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 21827435
Copyright Statement: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 14:37

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