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Quo vadis ? Quel futur pour l’histoire économique en France. Réflexions et recommandations par deux économistes

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  • Claude Diebolt

    (Directeur de Recherche au CNRS / Directeur du BETA (UMR 7522), Université de Strasbourg.)

  • Jean-Luc Demeulemeester

    (Professeur de sciences économiques à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles.)

Abstract

Cet article vise à analyser l’évolution de la discipline « histoire économique », qui se situe aux frontières de deux disciplines aux préoccupations, méthodes et objectifs de plus en plus divergents. Si la science économique se situe – ou souhaite se situer – de plus en plus dans le pôle des sciences exactes en privilégiant l’analyse mécanique (erklären), l’histoire tend, quant à elle, à se situer dans le pôle des humanités dans une vision interprétative (verstehen). Nous constatons, malgré cela, le maintien, voire le développement d’un champ de recherche à l’intersection de ces deux mondes. Nous identifions, plus précisément, une histoire économique d’historiens, différente de celle des économistes d’inspiration cliométrique. Nous nous interrogeons sur la place de cette dernière et son utilité, d’une part pour maintenir une place pour l’interrogation historique en science économique, d’autre part pour permettre à l’histoire de se légitimer dans le cadre d’évaluations de la recherche aux critères fortement inspirés des pratiques des sciences exactes.
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  • Claude Diebolt & Jean-Luc Demeulemeester, 2010. "Quo vadis ? Quel futur pour l’histoire économique en France. Réflexions et recommandations par deux économistes," Working Papers 10-02, Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC).
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    1. Galor, Oded, 2005. "From Stagnation to Growth: Unified Growth Theory," Handbook of Economic Growth,in: Philippe Aghion & Steven Durlauf (ed.), Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 4, pages 171-293 Elsevier.
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    1. Claude Diebolt, 2015. "Comment appréhender les temporalités de l’histoire économique ? Plaidoyer pour une cliométrie des événements rares," Working Papers of BETA 2015-12, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.

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    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
    • N01 - Economic History - - General - - - Development of the Discipline: Historiographical; Sources and Methods

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