International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (7 papers in press)
(Re)Thinking like an Economist: Pluralism, Critical Thinking and Economic Pedagogy
by David Kristjanson-Gural
Abstract: This paper describes the economic way of thinking and how adherence to the goal of encouraging students to think like an economist arose. The example of the theory of demand in Institutional and Marxian economics is used to illustrate how the mainstream economics curriculum, by adhering to a singular way of thinking, deprives students of the opportunity to think critically about the their role as producers and consumers in the economy and about how economic theories work. Only by adopting theoretical and pedagogical pluralism can the profession overcome these weaknesses. It concludes by assessing the prospects and strategies for promoting a pluralist approach within the profession and by outlining some steps that faculty and students might take to ensure that education in economics is genuinely empowering.
Keywords: economics education; economics pedagogy; pluralism; critical thinking; Institutional economics; Marxian economics; contending theories; thinking like an economist; economic way of thinking.
The Trump Wall Tax: An Exercise in Critical Thinking
by Daniel Underwood
Abstract: A series of discovery based critical thinking exercises are presented that explore potential unanticipated consequences that might result from Trumps Wall Tax, a tax imposed on Mexican imports to pay for construction of a physical barrier between nations. These exercises include the distribution of the tax between nations, impacts on the Mexican labor force, and impacts on the US labor force. It is discovered that both nations would pay the tax, employment and wages might fall in Mexico thereby increasing pressure for illegal immigration, and that employment and wages in the US may fall as well. These exercises create the context to integrate multiple paradigms to further explore this controversial issue.
Keywords: Critical thinking; paradigmatic rejoinders; theme rejoinders; multiparadigmatic; contending perspectives.
Revisiting the Glorious Revolution: Property Rights, Economic Institutions and the Developing World
by Aqdas Afzal
Abstract: This paper evaluates the merits of New Institutional Economics (NIE, hereafter) versus the critical institutionalist method of institutional analysis. The paper sketches how the Glorious Revolution, a seminal event in British economic and political history, has been analyzed by NIE. This paper argues that the NIE analysis, in general, and that of the Glorious Revolution, in particular, shows a considerable amount of theoretical weakness. This paper utilizes the critical institutionalist (critical-realism and Original Institutional Economics) method to present a comprehensive institutional analysis of the Glorious Revolution. The paper underscores the changing nature of resource distribution and culture in Britain as key variables. The paper also highlights the role of the Whigs as key agents in bringing about the events associated with the Glorious Revolution.
Keywords: Economic Growth; Evolutionary Economics; Political Institutions; Property Rights; New Institutional Economics; Developing World; Critical institutionalist method.
An exit strategy from capitalism's ecological crisis
by Lynne Chester
Abstract: An effective exit strategy from the ecological crisis does not lie within the broad dichotomy of alternative policy prescriptions: those advocating the reform of capitalism using the same mechanisms which have embedded the ecological crisis (e.g. ecological economics, steady-state economics); and, those proposing a new albeit highly unlikely socio-economic system (e.g. ecological Marxism, socialist ecology). A significant shift in our thinking is required to design a strategy directed at the interdependencies between the spheres constituting capitalist social and economic organisation and delivered by a reconceptualised form of state capitalism.
Keywords: economic-environment relation; ecological crisis; energy; mode of r.
Teaching Political Economy to Students of Property Economics: Mission Impossible
by Franklin Obeng-Odoom
Abstract: Teaching political economy within a mainstream real estate economics programme is rare because, according to the Self-Selection Doctrine, students who study (real estate) economics self-select to be taught mainstream economics, they do not seek pluralism, and hence political economy should not be taught in such courses. Our experience at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia where we teach a pluralist unit of study called Property and Political Economy is, therefore, worth considering. . Overall, the subject experienced many frustrating years of being rated marginally and was often regarded as irrelevant. Major pedagogic revisions since 2014 have improved the subject considerably in various ways and suggest that the case for pluralism may have become better received.
Keywords: Property Economics; ; Property and Political Economy; Teaching Approaches; Transdisciplinarity; Radical Pedagogy.
From Charity to Solidarity: The Promise and Challenges of Service Learning in Labor Courses
by Kimberly Christensen
Abstract: Service learning, an underutilized pedagogy in economics, provides the perfect vehicle for the introduction of heterodox approaches that value the role of institutions, ideologies, laws, and history in economic outcomes. This article describes the authors experience with one such course that combines in-class discussion of labor economics and labor history with service learning in worker centers and similar alt-labor organizations.
Keywords: service-learning; labor movement; worker center; pedagogy.
Recharting the History of Economic Thought: Approaches to and student experiences of the introduction of pluralist teaching in an undergraduate economics curriculum
by Kevin Deane, Elisa Van Waeyenberge, Rachel Maxwell
Abstract: This paper outlines an innovative redesign of a course on the History of Economic Thought, which acted as a vehicle for exposing students to different theoretical traditions and engaging them in critical reflections on mainstream economics. It also presents findings from a research project conducted with economics students at the University of [Authors Institution]
Keywords: Heterodox economics; pluralism; flipped classroom; History of Economic Thought; pedagogy; curriculum reform; student experiences.