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Title: Beyond orthodoxy in economic history: Has Boldizzoni resurrected synthetic-structural history?
Contributor(s): Lloyd, Christopher (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1016/j.ihe.2013.03.001
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Abstract: Boldizzoni's attempted resurrection of a realist, non-abstract, historical approach to economic history is learned, rhetorically rich, and largely persuasive but lacks some crucial dimensions. The continuing dominance of orthodoxy in 'official' economic history after the institutionalist turn (despite a context of methodological and socio-political pluralism among the wide range of practitioners under various labels) lies in its continued abstraction and reductive econometrics. But 'ad hoc' adjustments while maintaining rational choice, methodological individualism, and an uncritical ideological defence of free markets, do not address the basic, underlying weaknesses that Boldizzoni correctly identifies. In proposing his manifesto for revival of the synthetic-structural tradition, however, he should have paid more attention to recent arguments in defence of new philosophical and theoretical foundations for social science history.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Investigaciones de Historia Economica, 9(2), p. 66-70
Publisher: Elsevier Doyma
Place of Publication: Spain
ISSN: 1698-6989
Field of Research (FOR): 140203 Economic History
140101 History of Economic Thought
220208 History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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