Epistemic Rivalry in the Economics Profession

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Resumé

How do epistemic rivals organize to propagate their ideas? We argue that rival groups within intellectual fields develop networks to organize, socialize, and transmit knowledge production that is consistent with the groups aims. When they do so successfully they can: i. propagate ideas across scholarly generations, ii. heighten the fidelity of transmitted ideas; and iii. occupy prominent academic and policy positions. Ambitious epistemic rivals who achieve these three elements can transform core assumptions and theories in their field. Our cases examines economists in the United States from 1960-1985, focusing on two epistemic rival groups. The first is at the University of Chicago, the second at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (the ‘Charles River Group’). We trace citation patterns, acknowledgement networks in publications, career paths, research funding, and ideological positions to assess how epistemic rivals organize, socialize, and transmit ideas. Our findings suggests that the intergenerational transmission of ideas is crucial to the success of the ‘Chicago School’, as is the coherence of their ideational propagation, which propelled the ascendance of neoliberal economic policies in the U.S. and globally.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2019
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedMovements and Morality - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Danmark
Varighed: 28 maj 201928 maj 2019
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KonferenceMovements and Morality
LokationCopenhagen Business School
LandDanmark
ByFrederiksberg
Periode28/05/201928/05/2019
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Henriksen, L. F., Seabrooke, L., & Young, K. L. (2019). Epistemic Rivalry in the Economics Profession. Abstract fra Movements and Morality, Frederiksberg, Danmark.
Henriksen, Lasse Folke ; Seabrooke, Leonard ; Young, Kevin L. / Epistemic Rivalry in the Economics Profession. Abstract fra Movements and Morality, Frederiksberg, Danmark.1 s.
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2019. Abstract fra Movements and Morality, Frederiksberg, Danmark.

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