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Critical Realism and the Political Economy of the Euro

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  • Philip Arestis

    (Levy Institute)

  • Andrew Brown

    (University of Leeds)

  • Malcolm Sawyer

    (University of Leeds)

This paper is concerned with two issues. First, it discusses some of the main problems and inferences the methodological approach of critical realism raises for empirical work in economics, while considering an approach adopted to try to overcome these problems. Second, it provides a concrete illustration of these arguments, with reference to our recent research project analyzing the single European currency. It is argued that critical realism provides a method that is partially appropriate to concrete levels of analysis, as illustrated by the attempt to explain the falling value of the euro. It is concluded that the critical realist method is inappropriate to the most abstract and fundamental levels of theory.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Method and Hist of Econ Thought with number 0209001.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 24 Sep 2002
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmh:0209001
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  2. Andrew Brown & Gary Slater & David A. Spencer, 2002. "Driven to abstraction? Critical realism and the search for the 'inner connection' of social phenomena," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 26(6), pages 773-788, November.
  3. Roy J. Rotheim, 1999. "Post Keynesian Economics and Realist Philosophy," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 22(1), pages 71-103, October.
  4. ., 1998. "Monetarism," Chapters,in: The Handbook of Economic Methodology, chapter 75 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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