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The Principal Conflict in Contemporary Russian Economic Thought: Traditional Approaches Against Economics

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The work deals with the ideological clashes in Russian economic thought after 1991. Based on Schumpeter?s distinction between economic analysis and economic thought, the paper focuses on a principal conflict that divides a new generation of Westernminded scholars and traditional Russian political economists. This conflict, on the one hand, is described as an attempt of traditional political economists to keep their positions at the economic departments of the universities. The most vivid manifestation of the resistance to economics is the so-called Tsagolov School at Moscow State University. On the other hand, the conflict might be regarded as the reaction of Russian nationalism to the penetration of ?alien? influences that are rather incompatible with the antiindividualist traditions of Russian social thought. The movement towards the creation of a ?national political economy? based on holism and etatism is seen not only as an expression and a by-product of resistance to methodological individualism in economics, but also as implicitly state-induced ideological efforts in a period of transition to an autocratic regime in Russia.

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  • Zaostrovtsev, Andrei, 2005. "The Principal Conflict in Contemporary Russian Economic Thought: Traditional Approaches Against Economics," HWWA Discussion Papers 329, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwadp:26364
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    1. Mueller,Dennis C., 2003. "Public Choice III," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521894753.
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    1. Muravyev, Alexander, 2011. "О Российской Экономической Науке Сквозь Призму Публикаций Российских Ученых В Отечественных И Зарубежных Журналах За 2000-2009 Гг
      [Economic science in Russia through the lens of publications of Rus
      ," MPRA Paper 30230, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Russian Economic Thought; Economic Nationalism; Political Economy;

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    • B24 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Socialist; Marxist; Scraffian

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