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Economics Imperialism Reconsidered

S.M. Amadae

Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity, Pages: 140 - 160

Swansea University Author: S.M. Amadae

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This paper revisits the economics imperialism thesis and argues that rational choice imperialism is a more pointed understanding of interdisciplinary shifts over the past half century that give increasing priority to economic arguments over methods from other social sciences. It considers rational c...

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Published in: Scientific Imperialism: Exploring the Boundaries of Interdisciplinarity
ISBN: 978-1138059344 978-1138059344
Published: London Routledge 2018
Online Access: https://www.routledge.com/Scientific-Imperialism-Exploring-the-Boundaries-of-Interdisciplinarity/Maki-Walsh-Fernandez-Pinto/p/book/9781138059344
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa40169
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Abstract: This paper revisits the economics imperialism thesis and argues that rational choice imperialism is a more pointed understanding of interdisciplinary shifts over the past half century that give increasing priority to economic arguments over methods from other social sciences. It considers rational choice imperialism from the perspective of asking whether it contributes to greater scientific understanding through promoting greater theoretical synthesis and unity. It concludes that because much rational choice-based research is purely analytic, its contributory potential is derivational. Without further research to introduce empirical elements into rational choice research, this method's movement into other fields of study, including political science, does not necessary contribute to superior understanding of social phenomena.
Keywords: rational choice, interdisciplinarity, economics imperialism
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 140
End Page: 160