Political economy from below: Communitarian anarchism as a neglected discourse in histories of economic thought

Knowles, Rob (2000) Political economy from below: Communitarian anarchism as a neglected discourse in histories of economic thought. History of Economics Review, 31 30-47.


Author Knowles, Rob
Title Political economy from below: Communitarian anarchism as a neglected discourse in histories of economic thought
Journal name History of Economics Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-0196
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 31
Start page 30
End page 47
Total pages 18
Place of publication Kensington, NSW, Australia
Publisher History of Economic Thought Society of Australia
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
430111 History - Other
780199 Other
Formatted abstract
The primary aim of this paper is to demonstrate the existence of a positive discourse of communitarian anarchist economic thought. A secondary aim is to show that there is intellectual space within the genre of ‘histories of economic thought’ that permits a claim for communitarian anarchism to stand alongside all other discourses of economic thought that compete with the hegemonic neo-classical paradigm. Throughout the twentieth century, histories of economic thought have ignored the positive dimensions of all socialist or anarchist discourses. Only the critiques of capitalism or proposals for the civilising of capitalism have been considered to be worthy of entry into the ‘voyager’s log’ of the course to the ‘Promised Land’. Most histories of economic thought selectively engage ‘socialism’ only through Marxism. These observations of the highly selective nature of histories of economic thought are not new (see, eg, Heilbroner 1979; Eff 1989; McCloskey 1983; Strassman 1993; Schabas 1992). It is still worth asking the question Schumpeter (1972, p.34) asked half a century ago, ‘Is the History of Economics a History of Ideologies?’
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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