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Radical Economics as Journalism: The Origins of Dollars & Sense


  • Tiago Mata


In this essay, I argue that radical economics innovated in the communication of economic ideas, engendering new idioms and print formats to intervene in circuits of progressive activism. The essay mentions the pamphlet work of the Union for Radical Political Economics’ various public engagement projects of the early 1970s but at its heart is the 1974 founding of the mass distribution monthly Dollars & Sense . It looks at the positions taken by the periodical over the years and asks, “What kind of print object was it?†It places the publication within a twentieth century history of left political economy periodicals and compares it with its closest contemporaries in the cultures of print of the American Left, notably Monthly Review and Radical America . The attention to the print ventures of radical economics in the 1970s is a contribution to a new kind of historiography that takes an expanded and extra-curricular outlook of economics.

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  • Tiago Mata, 2018. "Radical Economics as Journalism: The Origins of Dollars & Sense," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 50(3), pages 534-548, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:50:y:2018:i:3:p:534-548

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    history of economic thought; economic journalism; radical economics; activism; economic literacy;
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    • B51 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Socialist; Marxian; Sraffian
    • B24 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Socialist; Marxist; Scraffian


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