I really don’t mean to be too glib here but aside from crafting a text, why/how  does this matter?  I’m reminded of  Duke Ellington’s comment.  “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.”  Perhaps “school of economic thought” (from an internal perspective) is really not much more than a variation on this expression; and also about as useful.  (John, this is not a critique of  your text.)   Perhaps a focus on economists' (broadly interpreted) ideas rather than filiation is more fruitful.  My comment is likely a reflection of my general disdain for what my mentor (Warren Gramm) termed “camp meetings.”  (He also wasn't big into loyalty oaths.)

The above aside, I appreciate anything which challenges the deeply entrenched perspective that there's really only one "good" economics and a bunch of the other kind.   So, as I said above, I'm not seriously dissin' your text.


On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM John Harvey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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


Brian Eggleston, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
Augustana University
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

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