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Reassessing the paradigm of economics: bringing positive economics back into the normative framework

Mosini, Valeria (2013) Reassessing the paradigm of economics: bringing positive economics back into the normative framework. Routledge INEM advances in economic methodology. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415725842

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Abstract

When President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher adopted the neoliberal doctrine as the paradigm of economics, there was no evidence that the move would have been successful, but thirty years on, the recurrent crises that culminated in 2008 suggest a serious mis-match between expectations and outcomes: a re-examination of the paradigm is in order. This book focuses on Milton Friedman’s formulation of the neoliberal doctrine, and analyses two aspects that were essential to turning it into a fully-fledged paradigm: the attribution of scientific status to positive economics, which led to informing public policies on the requirements of the market; and the characterisation of economic freedom as capable of promoting political freedom, which led to identifying free market with democracy. The book exposes Friedman’s methodological argument for attributing positive economics scientific status as a failure, and his characterisation of economic freedom as a delusion; it identifies in the emergence as the mainstream in economics of the neoclassical synthesis, which borrowed from Walras’ the mathematical treatment of equilibrium but not the ethical and social framework in which it was inscribed, a development that facilitated the transition from the Keynesian to the neoliberal paradigm.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.routledge.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2013 13:28
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2021 23:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55091

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