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Reflexões periféricas sobre a difusão internacional do pensamento econômico [Peripheral reflections on international diffusion of economic thought]

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  • José Luís Cardoso

    (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa)

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This article discusses the broad topic of the international diffusion of economic ideas and theories, by stressing its relevance for a better understanding of the process of formation of economic thought on a national scale. The article explores several meaningful examples of the international flow of economics and presents a brief survey of the main historiographical approaches available. It gives special emphasis to the influence of CEPAL (ECLA, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America) – namely through the writings of Raul Prebisch and Celso Furtado – in Portugal and Spain in the 1950s, which features an atypical case of a peripheral influence on semi-peripheral countries. The articles main claim is that the study of international diffusion of economic thought sheds new light onto both the very understanding of the building of economics as a science and the awareness of its implications on the functioning and change of economic reality within a given national context.

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  • José Luís Cardoso, 2009. "Reflexões periféricas sobre a difusão internacional do pensamento econômico [Peripheral reflections on international diffusion of economic thought]," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 19(2), pages 251-265, May-Septe.
  • Handle: RePEc:nov:artigo:v:19:y:2009:i:2:p:251-265
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    Keywords

    economic thought; national history; international diffusion; CEPAL;

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    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches

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