Hidden Agency: Economists and Authoritarian Regimes in the 20th Century

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This symposium analyses the mutually constitutive relationship between economic knowledge and political order. Through a wide range of case studies from Europe, Africa, and Latin America, the essays collected shed new light on the choices and constraints faced by economists under authoritarian rule in the twentieth century. The contribution of the symposium is twofold. Firstly, it expands the geographical and chronological scope of the conversation on the politics of economics. Secondly, it encourages a more nuanced understanding of economists’ agency in their different guises as educators, party propagandists, policy-makers, model-builders and dissidents.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
JournalResearch in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology
Issue numberB
Early online date30 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2020