The Sociology of Heterodox Economics
| Peter Klein |
Tiago Mata’s dissertation, “Dissent in Economics: Making Radical Political Economics and Post Keynesian Economics, 1960-1980” (LSE, 2005) has received the Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation award from the History of Economics Society. From the abstract:
The history of dissent in economics has thus far been subject to scant interest. The existing scholarship, authored by dissenters probing their own past, has failed to address the crucial questions of how dissent emerged and rooted itself.
This study is about two dissenting communities, Radical Political Economics and Post Keynesian Economics. I review the circumstances that led to their emergence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I draw from the histories of religious and scientific dissent to explore the making of the dissenters’ challenge to the economics orthodoxy. Notably, I use the concept of boundary work to analyse the debates between dissenters and mainstream.