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The participant observer in the formation of economic thought Summa Oeconomiae Perlmanensis


  • Kurt Dopfer

    (Universit, t St. Gallen, Sandrain 21, CH-9010 St, Gallen, Switzerland)


This essay addresses issues related to the History of Economic Thought, Comparative Economic Analysis, and Institutional Economics alluded to in Mark Perlman's "The Character of Economic Thought, Economic Characters, and Economic Institutions". Specifically, some differences between the strands of American Institutionalism and Schumpeterian economics are brought into focus. Against the background of a review, the ideas of a major participant in the historical analysis of economic thought are discussed. The conclusion is that an evolutionary approach to economics would benefit from any attempt to substitute systematic-discursive theorizing for the received genre of an abstract-deductive approach.

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  • Kurt Dopfer, 1998. "The participant observer in the formation of economic thought Summa Oeconomiae Perlmanensis," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 139-156.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:8:y:1998:i:2:p:139-156

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    History of economic thought ; Ontology ; Epistemology ; Participant observer ; Institutional economics ; American institutionalism ; Schumpeterian economics ; Learning ; Communication ; Styles of editing;

    JEL classification:

    • A00 - General Economics and Teaching - - General - - - General
    • A2 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics
    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General
    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)


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