How Economics Forgot History: The Problem of Specificity in Social Science

How Economics Forgot History: The Problem of Specificity in Social Science

by Geoffrey M Hodgson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415257166

ISBN-13: 9780415257169

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In arguably his most important book to date, Hodgson calls into question the tendency of economic method to try and explain all economic phenomena by using the same catch-all theories and dealing in universal truths. He argues that you need different theories to analyze different economic phenomena and systems and that historical context must be taken into account.

Overview

In arguably his most important book to date, Hodgson calls into question the tendency of economic method to try and explain all economic phenomena by using the same catch-all theories and dealing in universal truths. He argues that you need different theories to analyze different economic phenomena and systems and that historical context must be taken into account.

Hodgson argues that the German Historical School was key in laying the foundations for the work of the pioneer institutional economists, who themselves are gaining currency today; and that the growing interest in this school of thought is contributing to a more complete understanding of socio-economic theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415257169
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
Economics as Social Theory Series
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction; 1: The Limitations of General Theory; 2: The Problem of Historical Specificity Part II: The Nineteenth Century: THe German Historical School and its Impact 3: Karl Marx and the Specificity of the Capitalist System 4: The Older Historical School in Germany; 5: The Historica School in the British Isles; 6: The Methodological Failure of the Older Historical School; 7: Out of Austria: Carl Menger and the Methodenstreit; 8: Alfred Marshall and the British Methodendiskurs; 9: The Responses of the Younger Historical School in Germany Part III: The Twentieth Century: From American Institutionalism to the End of History 10: Thorstein Veblen and the Foundations of Institutionalism; 11: Early American Institutionalism and the Problem of Historical Specificity; 12: The Theoretical Manifesto of John Commons; 13: Talcott Parsons and the Ascent of Ahistorical Sociology; 14: Death and Counter-Revolution at the London School of Economics; 15: John Maynard Keynes and his Declaration of a General Theory; 16: The Triumph of Barren Universality; 17: Institution Blindness and the End of History Part IV: The Millennium: The Second Coming of History? 18: Are there Universals in Social and Economic Theory; 19: Property, Culture, Habits and Institutions; 20: Exchange and Production: Property and Firms; 21: A Note on Social Formations and Levels of Abstraction; 22: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Historical Problem; 23: Invention is Helpless without Tradition

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