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Contending Perspectives in Economics

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Contending Perspectives in Economics

A Guide to Contemporary Schools of Thought

9781789900484 Edward Elgar Publishing
John T. Harvey, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Texas Christian University, US
Publication Date: October 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 048 4 Extent: c 192 pp
Now in its second edition, John Harvey’s rigorous textbook provides an accessible and engaging introduction to various competing schools of thought in economics. This revised and extended edition will continue to open readers’ minds, leading them towards new and productive directions. Chapters study numerous schools of thought including Neoclassical, Marxist, Austrian, Post Keynesian, Institutionalist, New Institutionalist, Feminist and Ecological. Unique features and criticisms of each approach are highlighted through discussions of methodology, world views, popular themes, and current activities. 

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Now in its second edition, John Harvey’s rigorous textbook provides an accessible and engaging introduction to various competing schools of thought in economics. This revised and extended edition will continue to open readers’ minds, leading them towards new and productive directions. Chapters study numerous schools of thought including Neoclassical, Marxist, Austrian, Post Keynesian, Institutionalist, New Institutionalist, Feminist and Ecological. Unique features and criticisms of each approach are highlighted through discussions of methodology, world views, popular themes, and current activities. 
 
Key features of the second edition include:
• a brand-new chapter addressing the field of ecological economics

• extended discussion of the rise of Neo-Classicism, along with investigation of the possible differences between Neo-Classical and mainstream economics.

• discussion of recent events in modern monetary theory

• exploration of contemporary approaches for combating climate change.

While primarily aimed at use in undergraduate courses, this broad yet comprehensive guide will no doubt be of value to any scholar wishing to gain a fresh perspective and greater understanding of the variety and breadth of current economic thought.
Critical Acclaim
'From the minute I had John Harvey’s book in my hand I knew it would have a great future and a second edition would be due very soon. Presenting competing theoretical perspectives in such an accessible way is the true great achievement of this book. You may use it as a core textbook in HET or a complementary reading in any teaching course. Its critical pluralist stance, represented in a most competent way, makes it a highlight in the scene.'
– Wolfram Elsner, University of Bremen, Germany

Acclaim for the first edition:

‘This wise and lucid guide to pluralism in economics embodies the values of its cause. Generous, open-minded, fair, accurate and accessible: John Harvey's new book is a fine achievement that every economics major should read.’
– James K. Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin, US

‘Fifty years ago I used Robert L. Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers to get students excited about economics. Today I would use John T. Harvey's Contending Perspectives in Economics. The book is beautifully written and full of insights into who economists are and why they think the way they do.’
– Paul D. Bush, California State University, US

‘Economics is a mess. Oppositional clans (“schools”), pseudo-science, corruption of various kinds and relentless disdain for the real-world predominate. If you are thinking of entering this war-zone, then reading John Harvey’s Contending Perspectives in Economics is your best bet for retaining your intellectual health.’
– Edward Fullbrook, University of the West of England, UK

'I just finished reading the book! I feel like I learned so much from it, and not just in terms of the information itself. As I read, it stimulated so much thought I found myself writing many pages on things I'd never even thought about!'
– Marcus Schiebold, Economics Undergraduate Student, University of North Texas, US
Contents
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Economics as a scientific discipline 3. Neoclassical economics 4. Marxism 5. Austrian economics 6. Post Keynesian economics 7. Institutionalism 8. New Institutionalism 9. Feminist economics 10. Ecological Economics 11. Conclusions Index
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