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Economics and the Public Sphere

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  • Erik S. Reinert

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This paper identifies four different periods (1848, 1890s - partly also 1930s - and neoliberalism today) where the same tendencies recur: a Rise of Academic Monoculture (of esoteric knowledge), Refeudalization (tendencies towards a plutocracy), Crisis and Renewal. These sequences and their recurrence define the changing relationship between economics and the public sphere, and it is only through activities in the public sphere that any renewal will take place.

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  • Erik S. Reinert, 2012. "Economics and the Public Sphere," The Other Canon Foundation and Tallinn University of Technology Working Papers in Technology Governance and Economic Dynamics 40, TUT Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance.
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