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.
D’Onofrio, F. and Serra, G. (2020), "Hidden Agency: Economists and Authoritarian Regimes in The 20th Century", Fiorito, L., Scheall, S. and Suprinyak, C.E. (Ed.) Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology: Including a Symposium on Economists and Authoritarian Regimes in the 20th Century (Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 38B), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 3-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0743-41542020000038B001
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