[OPE-L] (new book) Hodgson, _Economics In The Shadows Of Darwin And Marx_

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Sat Sep 23 2006 - 12:57:01 EDT

From the Edward Elgar page.

Economics In The Shadows Of Darwin And Marx
Essays on Institutional and Evolutionary Themes

Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Research Professor in Business Studies, University of
Hertfordshire, UK

November 2006  c 288 pp Hardback 1 84542 497 2 $100.00 $90.00
ISBN13 978 1 84542 497 8

‘Almost 150 years after their major works were published Darwin and Marx
stand alone as the premier theorists of the evolution of complex living
systems. Hodgson’s unique contribution in these essays is to capture the
spirit of these two great thinkers in their ability to see universal
principles in particular contextual frameworks. Using an evolutionary and
institutional approach to examine a variety of theoretical issues Hodgson
avoids both the postmodern disease of extreme relativism and the rigidity
of insisting on “one true religion” for economic theory. This book is a
major contribution to the current revolution in economic theory.’
                 John M. Gowdy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US

Economics in the Shadows of Darwin and Marx examines the legacies of these
two giants of thought for the social sciences in the twenty-first century.



1. Introduction

Part I: Marxism, Darwinism, Institutionalism

2. Darwin and Marx at the Crossroads

3. Social Darwinism in Anglophone Academic Journals

4. Institutionalism versus Marxism: A Debate with Alex Callinicos

Part II: Three Essays on Critical Realism

5. The Uncritical Political Affinities of Critical Realism

6. Contestable Claims by Critical Realism in Economics

7. The Problems of Formalism in Economics P

Part III: Habits and Individuals: Routines and Institutions

8. What are Institutions?

9. The Hidden Persuaders

10. The Complex Evolution of a Simple Traffic Convention

11. The Nature and Replication of Routines References Index
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