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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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Volume (Year): 9 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 366-378

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Handle: RePEc:sae:pophec:v:9:y:2010:i:4:p:366-378
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