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Methodological Individualism, Spontaneous Order and the Research Program of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 145-158

14 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2010 Last revised: 9 Sep 2010

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This paper is an exercise in the archeology of knowledge that seeks to understand the intellectual precursors to the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. This perspective reveals that the research agenda of the Ostroms draws significantly from the ideas and themes developed in the first half of the 20th century by Knight, Mises, and Hayek. In so doing, we argue, they usefully deploy and expand the economic way of thinking beyond its traditional boundaries while avoiding most of the criticisms of economic imperialism.

JEL Classification: B3, B25, D7

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Coyne, Christopher J. and Boettke, Peter J., Methodological Individualism, Spontaneous Order and the Research Program of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (2005). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 145-158. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1538409

Christopher J. Coyne

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