The history wars of economics: The classification struggle in the history of economic thought

Kates, S and Millmow, A 2008, 'The history wars of economics: The classification struggle in the history of economic thought', History of Economic Review, vol. 47, pp. 110-124.


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Title The history wars of economics: The classification struggle in the history of economic thought
Author(s) Kates, S
Millmow, A
Year 2008
Journal name History of Economic Review
Volume number 47
Start page 110
End page 124
Total pages 14
Publisher History of Economic Thought Society of Australia
Abstract The study of the history of economics in Australia has just gone through an existential struggle of the greatest significance. On the surface it was only the most trivial of matters, a proposed clerical change in the classification of the History of Economic Thought by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). But, insignificant as it might at first appear, it was a proposal that had the potential to all but eliminate the history of economics as a legitimate academic study within Australia. The core issue was whether History of Economic Thought and Economic History were to be included as sub-disciplines of economics within the ABS classification system. The ABS proposal was that both groups were to be placed in an entirely separate category under the heading, `History, Archaeology, Religion and Philosophy┬┐. Neither would any longer be classified in any way as belonging to the study of economics. It was this proposal that commenced a short but ultimately successful campaign to have both areas retain their position within the economics classification. But, short as it was, and as narrow as the issues might seemingly be, into this campaign was brought a national and international array of economists which included presidents of international societies in the history of economic thought, economists from throughout the upper levels of the public service in Australia, historians of economics from across the world and which even included the strong views of the 2006 Nobel prize winner in economic theory ...
Subject History of Economic Thought
Keyword(s) history of economic thought
ISSN 1037-0196
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