What Should be the Standards for Scholarly Criticism

Journal of Institutional Economics, Forthcoming

9 Pages Posted: 25 Dec 2010

Date Written: December 12, 2010


Should scholars, like columnists, exaggerate and aggregate opposing views into men of straw? I analyze an example of scholarly criticism that characterizes the treatment of development in institutional economics as a simplistic and extremist paradigm. I argue that scholarly standards demand a complete and honest portrayal of contrary opinions and that straw men should be banished from scholarly discourse.

Keywords: institutions, scholarly criticism, development, standards

JEL Classification: B15, B52, O1, O17

Suggested Citation

Shirley, Mary M., What Should be the Standards for Scholarly Criticism (December 12, 2010). Journal of Institutional Economics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1727844

Mary M. Shirley (Contact Author)

The Ronald Coase Institute ( email )

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