The Nature of Heterodox Economics

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Tony Lawson

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

Heterodoxy serves as an umbrella term to cover the coming together of separate projects or traditions. In answering the question, 'what distinguishes heterodoxy from the orthodoxy?', the author argues that matters of ontology are central. In answering the question, 'how are the various traditions that make up the modern heterodoxy to be distinguished from each other?', the author defends criteria other than varying commitments to specific substantive theories, policy measures or techniques (or basic units) of analysis.

Keywords: Heterodox economics, Orthodox economics, Ontology

Suggested Citation

Lawson, Tony, The Nature of Heterodox Economics (July 2006). Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 483-505, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1095572 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/bei093

Tony Lawson (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics ( email )

Austin Robinson Building
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom

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