A conversation with Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
by Tim Thornton
International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (IJPEE), Vol. 5, No. 2, 2014

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.

Online publication date: Sat, 26-Jul-2014

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