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Economics as science.

Cartwright, N. and Davis, J.B. (2016) 'Economics as science.', in Who runs the economy? The role of power in economics. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 43-55.


The plan for this talk is to discuss, first, the question ‘What is science?’ I’m going to explain that the second question, ‘Does economics fit the bill?’, is hard to answer since we have no good answer to the first question. Then I shall turn to the question, ‘Does economics’ standing as a science give it special power?’ Here, I shall point out that whether its knowledge constitutes science or not, economics does have esoteric knowledge that provides it with hidden sources of power.

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Publisher statement:Cartwright N., Davis J.B. (2016) Economics as Science. In: Skidelsky R., Craig N. (eds) Who Runs the Economy?. Palgrave Macmillan, London reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
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Date deposited:04 July 2018
Date of first online publication:31 August 2016
Date first made open access:31 August 2019

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