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Structured pluralism

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  • Sheila Dow

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The purpose of this paper is to consider how far the notion of schools of thought is compatible with methodological pluralism. Should economics instead be categorised simply as pluralist or non-pluralist? The notion of structured pluralism is developed, where categories, connections and (crucially) absence of connection apply at a variety of levels. Schools of thought provide some of that (provisional, mutable) structure, encapsulating, among other things, the use of language within each community. Awareness, and understanding, of the different categories and meanings of different schools of thought is necessary for successful communication, and thus for the benefits of pluralism.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Methodology.

Volume (Year): 11 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 275-290

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Keywords: pluralism; boundaries; schools of thought;

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  1. Jakob Kapeller & Bernhard Sch├╝tz, 2013. "Exploring Pluralist Economics: The Case of the Minsky-Veblen Cycles," Journal of Economic Issues, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 47(2), pages 515-524, June.
  2. Lo, Alex, 2014. "The Problem of Methodological Pluralism in Ecological Economics," MPRA Paper 49543, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Wendy Olsen, 2005. "Moral Political Economy and Poverty: Four Theoretical Schools Compared," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-031, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  4. Sheila C Dow, 2013. "Codes of Ethics for Economists: A Pluralist View," Economic Thought, World Economics Association, vol. 2(1), pages 2, April.
  5. Dawn Richards Elliott, 2009. "What is the Comparative Advantage of the Service Learning Pedagogy? Insights from Development Economics," Forum for Social Economics, Springer, vol. 38(2), pages 263-278, July.
  6. Marcelo Resende & Rodrigo M. Zeidan, 2007. "Lionel Robbins: A Methodological Reappraisal," CESifo Working Paper Series 2165, CESifo Group Munich.
  7. Wendy Olsen, 2007. "Pluralist methodology for development economics: the example of moral economy of Indian labour markets," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(1), pages 57-82.
  8. Sheila C Dow, 2012. "Different Approaches to the Financial Crisis," Economic Thought, World Economics Association, vol. 1(1), pages 5, July.

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