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Moral Political Economy and Poverty: Four Theoretical Schools Compared

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  • Wendy Olsen

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This paper explores a pluralist approach to moral economy. Firstly, four schools of thought on the rental of land in India are described. The normatic and ontic assumptions of each school are described. Then I look closely at a debate between two feminist authors, Agarwal and Jackson. The advantage of the social researcher doing a meta-review of normatic positions in this instance is that we can compare and contrast meta-criteria for improvements and progress. Five moral reasoning strategies for meta-normative economic research are described and discussed. These suggest a need for more research on complex moral reasoning strategies.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number GPRG-WPS-031.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2005
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Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:gprg-wps-031

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Keywords: Tenancy; Pluralism; Schools of Thought; Moral Economy; Feminist Economics; Norms; Moral Reasoning;

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  1. 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.

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