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From Political Economy to Economics: Method, the social and the historical in the evolution of economic theory (Economics as Social Theory) New Ed Edition

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Winner of the Gunnar Myrdal Prize for 2009

About the Author

Dimitris Milonakis is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Crete.

Ben Fine is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Product Details

  • Series: Economics as Social Theory
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (December 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041542321X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415423212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,785,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maxim Masiutin on February 20, 2009
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When I have ordered the book, Amazon did incorrect listing, title stood for "From Political Economy to Freakonomics", however, instead of Freakonomics it is actually "Economics".

This book is not about "Freakonomics" and doesn't have a single instance of the word "Freakonomics" throughout the text.

This book is about the economic history and relations between economics and social sciences.

The book may be useful in your economics thesis. The authors, are highly regarded scientists: Dimitris Milonakis is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Crete; Ben Fine is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Scrutinizing works of all major contributors from Adam Smith until today, the book is about the shifting boundaries between the economic and non-economic, all set within a methodological context. It deals with the process by which policical economy became economics, through the desocialisation and dehistoricisation of the dismal science, and how this heralded the separation of economics from the other social sciences at the beginning of the twentieth century.
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This book by Milonakis and Fine constitutes a constructive contribution to the literature on economic theory and method. Illuminating and informative, especially for those interested in understanding and going beyond the mainstream, formalised approach to economics, and who recognise the importance of including the historical, the social as well as issues regarding method in economic analysis. It is a historical journey to the thought of the most prominent economists (as well as philosophers, sociologists, et al) that ends in a more holistic and deep understanding about the evolution of the discipline.
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