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Sheila Dow's concept of dualism: clarification, criticism and development


  • Andrew Mearman


This paper analyses Dow's concept of dualism and decomposes it into eight categories, one not explicitly identified by Dow. It is argued that Dow's original definition is underdeveloped and thereby lacking practical relevance. The paper presents a development of Dow's definition, which allows her to attack the splitting of polar categories. This significantly increases the relevance of Dow's definition of dualism and buttresses her criticisms of the mainstream. The paper also identifies 'heuristic dualism' in Dow's work. A distinction can be made between Dow's 'heuristic dualism', which is strictly an intermediate step in an argument, and the mainstream use of fixed dualistic categories. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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  • Andrew Mearman, 2005. "Sheila Dow's concept of dualism: clarification, criticism and development," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 29(4), pages 619-634, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:29:y:2005:i:4:p:619-634

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    1. Michael McLure, 2004. "Pure Duals, Derived Duals and Paretian Fiscal Sociology," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 04-25, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.

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