Title: Pluralism and democracy in political economics

Authors: Peter Söderbaum; Judy Brown

Addresses: Ecological Economics, School of Sustainable Development, Mälardalen University, P.O. Box 883, 72123 Västerås, Sweden. ' School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington, P.O. Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract: Until about 1870 economics was referred to as |political economics| and it is here argued that it was a mistake to abandon this terminology. Mainstream neoclassical economics is specific in scientific and conceptual terms but also in ideological terms. Similarly, other theoretical perspectives like feminist economics or ecological economics can be described in scientific as well as ideological terms. The fact that politics and ideology is involved suggests that only pluralism in economics is a reasonable position in a democratic society. This ideological element may also explain that there are different groups and schools of thought in economics who support pluralism.

Keywords: political economics; democracy; mainstream economics; neoclassical economics; ideologies; theoretical perspectives; feminist economics; ecological economics; ideological terminology; politics; ideology; democratic societies; pluralism; economics education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPEE.2011.044268

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2011 Vol.2 No.3, pp.240 - 243

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 12 Dec 2011 *

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