Title: A conversation with Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney

Authors: Tim Thornton

Addresses: School of Politics and Education, Swinburne University, Hawthorn VIC 3122 Australia

Abstract: This discussion, with a true pioneer of pluralist economics teaching, examines a particular strategy for achieving reform that has been adopted at Sydney University. It is a strategy that may have wide applicability for the reform of economics. The strategy is shown to have two features. Firstly, there has been the pursuit of institutional independence: a separate department of pluralist economics has been established that is independent of the existing neoclassical economics department. The second feature of the strategy has been one of explicit disciplinary differentiation: a pluralist economics is taught using the disciplinary title of 'political economy' rather than 'economics'. The discussion also offers a range of interesting insights on the mainstream research frontier, the relationship between a pluralist economics and other social sciences, and the issues facing mainstream economists.

Keywords: political economy; economics teaching; economics curriculum; heterodox economics; pluralism; economics education; Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell; pluralist economics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPEE.2014.063506

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2014 Vol.5 No.2, pp.113 - 119

Published online: 26 Jul 2014 *

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