Abstract: ENGECON will study by a transnational-comparative prosopographical approach the engagement of economists in the communist, socialist and labour lefts over three Western European major countries (France, United Kingdom and Italy), from the 1930s to the 1960s. By engagement, ENGECON means a partisan activism linked to the participation in public debate that contributes to the legitimization, dissemination as well as the elaboration of economic ideas. It studies three principal specific objectives: the factors explaining engagement; the practices of engagement; the implications of engagement for the economic thought, as well as the professional trajectory and the intellectual status of the engaged economists. It assumes that the analysis of engagement is essential to understand the role of economists in society. An unprecedented role of economists in a labour movement on the ascent, the rise of the heterodox economics and the apogee of the managed economy characterise this period.
Host organisation: Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.
Field of science
- /social sciences/economics and business/economics
- /social sciences/economics and business
- /humanities/history and archaeology/history
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