Ecological economics is definitely a school of thought and should be included. It has some overlaps with OIE, as Ric  Holt and I noted in our 2010 JEI article.

Public choice might have overlap with the new institutionalism – at least the adherents of each in my department seem intellectually compatible with each other.

Looking again at your excellent book recently, I was surprised that it did not include social economics. Is the thinking that it is not a separate school of thought.




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Subject: Are Sustainability and Public Choice schools of thought, per se?


Dear All,


I am working on revisions to my Contending Perspectives in Econ book and one chapter that I originally intended to write was on ecological economics or econ of sustainability. The existing chapters cover Neoclassicism, Marxism, Austrianism, Post Keynesianism, Institutionalism, New Institutionalism, and Feminism.


Do you consider ecological econ/sustainability a school of thought , per se along the lines of those others or is it a topic area?


Similarly, I have a colleague who uses my book and she's very keen that I add a Public Choice chapter. Same question: school of thought or subject area?


Incidentally, she is an Austrian and yet there is no one in the department whose overall philosophy regarding pedagogy and curriculum matches mine more completely. She's a wonderful person. Who would have thought?!




John T. Harvey 
Professor of Economics