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Economics and Its Modes

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Often different schools or styles of doing economics are seen as inevitably at odds with each other, so that one must be crowned 'correct' and the others vanquished as defective. However, if they actually represent alternative but potentially enlightening views of economic phenomena, then it will be foolish exclusively to pursue one approach at the expense of all others. This paper argues that the latter is a more accurate view of economics than is the former.
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Keywords: Oakeshott; economic methodology; methodological pluralism; modality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Politics, Cardiff University

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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