Saturday, May 14, 2016
David Ruccio: Unilateral Pluralism in Economics.
David Ruccio (Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame and a well-known Marxist) denounces that Alberto Paloni, senior lecturer of macroeconomics at the University of Glasgow and "expert in post-Keynesian theory, has been stopped from teaching a core degree module on macroeconomics".
Discontents with the current practice in university economics departments (i.e. "mainstream economists do all they can -- within their departments and in the wider discipline -- to make sure other approaches (often referred to as heterodox economics and, often, noneconomics) are displaced to (and, in many cases, beyond) the margins") have been demanding pluralism in economics education: that other schools of economic thought be given a fair go.
Ruccio is voicing that demand. I cannot but praise him for that and for coming to the defence of a post Keynesian colleague.
However, by the same token, I cannot but ask the reader: have you ever heard of a post Keynesian economist taking similar stance in defence of a Marxist colleague or of Marxism, in general?