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What methodology is suitable to describe diversity found in the course of history of economics as well as evolutionary economics?

Makoto Nishibe ()
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Makoto Nishibe: Senshu University

Evolutionary and Institutional Economics Review, 2018, vol. 15, issue 1, 203-211

Abstract: Abstract We examine the method and results of extensive bibliometric analysis on evolutionary research of Hodgson and Lamberg (2018) and detected that the scientific methodology they implicitly assume is Kuhn’s scientific revolution with paradigm shift, rather than Lakatos’ methodology of scientific research programmes with evolutionary diversity. Regarding such four key factors as (a) inquiries/phenomena, (b) theoretical approaches, (c) analytical techniques and (d) policies for the raison d’être of evolutionary economics, Hodgson and Lamberg focus on (b) and (c), however, we argue that (a) and (d) are more crucial key factors for evolutionary economics as the organic and holistic social science when we consider that it constantly deals with complexity, self-organization, autopoiesis and reflexivity. To demonstrate our argument, we will show how we redefine evolutionary economics and present our own view on the basic concepts and theoretical framework.

Keywords: Evolutionary diversity; Complexity; Methodology; History of economics; Kuhn; Lakatos (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 B10 B20 B40 B52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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