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Quo vadis ?Quel futur pour l’histoire économique en France. Réflexions et recommandations par deux économistes


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  • Claude Diebolt
  • Jean Luc De Meulemeester


Cet article vise à analyser l’évolution de la discipline « histoire économique », qui se situe aux frontières de deux disciplines aux préoccupations, méthodes et objectifs de plus en plus divergents. Si la science économique se situe – ou souhaite se situer – de plus en plus dans le pôle des sciences exactes en privilégiant l’analyse mécanique (erklären), l’histoire tend, quant à elle, à se situer dans le pôle des humanités dans une vision interprétative (verstehen). Nous constatons, malgré cela, le maintien, voire le développement d’un champ de recherche à l’intersection de ces deux mondes. Nous identifions, plus précisément, une histoire économique d’historiens, différente de celle des économistes d’inspiration cliométrique. Nous nous interrogeons sur la place de cette dernière et son utilité, d’une part pour maintenir une place pour l’interrogation historique en science économique, d’autre part pour permettre à l’histoire de se légitimer dans le cadre d’évaluations de la recherche aux critères fortement inspirés des pratiques des sciences exactes.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers CEB with number 10-016.RS.

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Length: 29 p.
Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: Histoire économique; Sciences Economiques; Histoire; Methodologie;

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  1. Galor, Oded, 2005. "From Stagnation to Growth: Unified Growth Theory," Handbook of Economic Growth, in: Philippe Aghion & Steven Durlauf (ed.), Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 4, pages 171-293 Elsevier.
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