New blog post: Why so Hostile? Busting Myths about Heterodox Economics

Carolina Alves and I unpack misunderstandings about Heterodox Economics in our recent blog post on Developing Economics:

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By Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven and Carolina Alves

“Economics is unique among the social sciences in having a single monolithic mainstream, which is either unaware of or actively hostile to alternative approaches.” (John King 2013: 17)

What does heterodox economics mean? Is the label helpful or harmful? Being outside of the mainstream of the Economics discipline, the way we position ourselves may be particularly important. For this reason, many around us shun the use of the term “heterodox” and advise against using it. However, we believe the reluctance to use the term stems in part from misunderstandings of (and sometimes disagreement over) what the term means and perhaps disagreements over strategies for how to change the discipline.

In other words, this is an important debate about both identification and strategy. In this blog, we wish to raise the issue in heterodox and mainstream circles, by busting a few common myths about Heterodox Economics – mostly stemming from the orthodoxy. This is a small part of a larger project on defining heterodox economics.

Read more here.

The post has also been re-published by Union for Radical Political Economics and the Monthly Review. It has also been translated to Spanish (see here).

Author: Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

Lecturer in International Development at the University of York, among other things.

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