Today, there is no academic or sociocultural context in which Austrian Economics (AE) is described as being dominant. AE is and remains, for better or for worse, a heterodox current. In the United States, however, but probably nowhere else in the world, AE is heterodox without being invisible or inconsequential. American scholars for whom AE is their preferred paradigm have been able to participate actively in the sort of “discussions” that Arjo Klamer (2007, p. 4) wishes to encourage. They are taken seriously by fellow economists. The vitality of American AE has no equivalent in the rest of the world.1 Obvious constraints of time and space prevent us from offering supporting evidence for this sweeping statement, but in this paper we propose to take a close look at the French case. AE has made few inroads in France. There was a brief period in the 1980s when it was the object of some short-lived enthusiasm; since then interest has waned, although there are indications that the tide might yet again be turning, and in fact, as compared to many other western European countries, France may turn out to be, all things being relative, a less infertile ground than might a priori be thought.
Dobuzinskis, L. and Aimar, T. (2010), "How did Austrian economics thrive outside of Vienna: the case of French political economy", Koppl, R., Horwitz, S. and Desrochers, P. (Ed.) What is so Austrian about Austrian Economics? (Advances in Austrian Economics, Vol. 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 87-111. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-2134(2010)0000014008Download as .RIS
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