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Economists in the Americas
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Economists in the Americas

9781845420437 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Verónica Montecinos, Professor of Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, US and John Markoff, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, History and Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, US
Publication Date: 2010 ISBN: 978 1 84542 043 7 Extent: 368 pp
Probably no region’s economists have had greater public visibility or greater impact on regional and national public policy than Latin America’s and no region has been more directly affected by the spread of US economics. Economists in the Americas joins a small but important comparative literature on economics as a profession and is the first comparative treatment of professional economists in the United States and Latin America.

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Probably no region’s economists have had greater public visibility or greater impact on regional and national public policy than Latin America’s and no region has been more directly affected by the spread of US economics. Economists in the Americas joins a small but important comparative literature on economics as a profession and is the first comparative treatment of professional economists in the United States and Latin America.

A multidisciplinary group of scholars discusses the last sixty years of shifting trends in economics in seven countries in the Western Hemisphere – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and the United States. The chapters address the history of economics in the Americas, the role of economists in politics and policy-making, economics education and competing paradigms in the field. This collection points to the interconnections among the national cases, the forging and breakdown of consensus around state and market dominance, the transnational diffusion of economic ideas and professional norms, as well as the embrace and rejection of an increasingly Americanized professional identity among Latin American economists.

The book will be of interest to policymakers and scholars interested in the comparative history and sociology of economics, development, public policy, international affairs, political science and Latin American studies.
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‘. . . this book is a magnificent achievement.’
– David E. Hojman, Critical Policy Studies
Contributors
Contributors: M.J. Álvarez-Rivadulla, S. Babb, G. Biglaiser, L.B. Flórez Enciso, M. Fourcade, A. Garcé, M.R. Loureiro, J. Markoff, V. Montecinos
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Contents:

Preface

1. Economists in the Americas: Convergence, Divergence and Connection
Verónica Montecinos, John Markoff and María José Álvarez-Rivadulla

2. The Internationalization of Ideas in Argentina’s Economics Profession
Glen Biglaiser

3. Economists in the Brazilian Government: From Developmentalist State to Neoliberal Policies
Maria Rita Loureiro

4. Economics: The Chilean Story
Verónica Montecinos

5. Colombia: Economics, Economic Policy and Economists
Luis Bernardo Flórez Enciso

6. From Nationalism to Neoliberalism: Conflict and Consensus in the History of Mexican Economics
Sarah Babb

7. The United States: An Economist’s Economy
Marion Fourcade

8. Economics, Economists and Politics in Uruguay
Adolfo Garcé

9. Epilogue: A Glance Beyond the Neoliberal Moment
Verónica Montecinos and John Markoff

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