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The Scottish Political Economy Tradition and Modern Economics

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  • Dow, Alexander
  • Dow, Sheila
  • Hutton, Alan

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The purpose of this article is to reexamine the notion of a Scottish tradition in political economy in the light of recent developments in the methodology of economics. Consideration is given to the concept of tradition itself, which puts the focus on approach to theorizing and the relationship between theory and reality rather than theoretical content. It is argued that the Scottish approach provided the foundations for much of modern political economy. Further, modern discussion of constructivism and critical realism can both be seen to have precedents in the Scottish tradition. Indeed the Scottish political economy tradition provides an exemplar of the constructive blending of the two strands. Copyright 1997 by Scottish Economic Society.

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Article provided by Scottish Economic Society in its journal Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 44 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
Pages: 368-83

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:44:y:1997:i:4:p:368-83

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Cited by:
  1. Flavio Comim, 2002. "The Scottish Tradition in Economics and the Role of Common Sense in Adam Smith's Thought," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(1), pages 91-114.
  2. Thomas Ruellou, 2013. "Autour d'Adam Smith : l'économie politique britannique et le républicanisme à la fin du XVIIIe siècle," Post-Print dumas-00910208, HAL.
  3. John Finch, 2000. "Is post-Marshallian economics an evolutionary research tradition?," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(3), pages 377-406.

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