The Puzzle of Modern Economics

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The Puzzle of Modern Economics

By Roger E. Backhouse

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Does economics hold the key to everything or does the recent financial crisis show that it has failed? This book provides an assessment of modern economics that cuts through the confusion and controversy on this question. Case studies of the creation of new markets, the Russian transition to capitalism, globalization, and money and finance establish that economics has been very successful where problems have been well defined and where the world can be changed to fit the theory, but that it has been less successful in tackling bigger problems. The book then offers a historical perspective on how economists have, since the Second World War, tried to make their subject scientific. It explores the evolving relationship between science and ideology and investigates the place of heterodoxy and dissent within the discipline.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Political Science -> Public Policy

The Puzzle of Modern Economics
Science or Ideology?
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 6/21/10
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511848617
ISBN 13: 9780511848612
Print ISBN: 9780521825542

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