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The PPE enterprise: A substantive research programme


  • Alan Hamlin

    (University of Manchester, UK,


This article characterizes politics, philosophy, and economics (PPE) as a substantive research programme as a flexible and analytic debate on the relations between the individual and society that incorporates both positive and normative analyses. This, in contrast to a view of PPE as a series of interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary topics. To this end, I sketch the general shape of the research programme, it boundaries and its features, before offering a slightly more detailed account of some aspects of the PPE programme. I also defend the claim that there is some value in recognizing PPE as a research programme, and after discussing the conditions required for the programme to thrive, suggest that there is some reason to be concerned for its future.

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  • Alan Hamlin, 2010. "The PPE enterprise: A substantive research programme," Politics, Philosophy & Economics, , vol. 9(4), pages 366-378, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:pophec:v:9:y:2010:i:4:p:366-378

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    1. Alan Hamlin, 2012. "The Calculus of Consent reflected," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 152(3), pages 289-292, September.


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