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The Foundations of Evolutionary Economics: 1890–1973

Edited by Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Research Professor in Business Studies, University of Hertfordshire, UK
In the last two decades of the twentieth century evolutionary economics has become one of the most important and exciting developments in social science. It is associated with a huge theoretical, empirical and policy literature. Yet relatively little is known about the development of the foundations of evolutionary economics over the preceding 100 years. The gap is filled by this collection of essays by Thorstein Veblen, John Commons, John Maurice Clark, Alfred Marshall, John Atkinson Hobson, Joseph Schumpeter, Armen Alchian, Edith Penrose, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Friedrich Hayek among others. An original introduction by the editor places these contributions in their historical context.
Extent: 880 pp
Hardback Price: £252.00 Online: £226.80
Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85898 661 6
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Institutional Economics
In the last two decades of the twentieth century evolutionary economics has become one of the most important and exciting developments in social science. It is associated with a huge theoretical, empirical and policy literature. Yet relatively little is known about the development of the foundations of evolutionary economics over the preceding 100 years. The gap is filled by this collection of essays by Thorstein Veblen, John Commons, John Maurice Clark, Alfred Marshall, John Atkinson Hobson, Joseph Schumpeter, Armen Alchian, Edith Penrose, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Friedrich Hayek among others. An original introduction by the editor places these contributions in their historical context.
‘These two volumes do give a substantial picture of the paths and diversions that evolutionary thought has travelled over the past century.’
– John Nightingale, History of Economics Review
39 articles, dating from 1897 to 1995
Contributors include: A.A. Alchian, A. Marshall, J.M. Clark, J.R. Commons, N. Georgescu-Roegen, F.A. Hayek, J.A. Hobson, E.T. Penrose, J.A. Schumpeter, T. Veblen
Contents: Introduction Volume I: Part I: The Emergence of Economic Biology in the Nineteenth Century Part II: The ‘Post-Darwinian’ Economics of Thorstein Veblen • Volume II: Part I: The Dark Age of Evolutionism: 1910-1940 Part II: The Re-Emergence of Evolutionary Economics after 1945