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
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