Economics in social policy: a philosophical analysis

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Recent years have seen a substantial expansion of the role of neo-classical economics in providing analysis of, and advice on, social policy issues. Yet relative to the burgeoning role of neo-classical economic theory in social policy, there has been little philosophical inquiry into the social dimensions of this mode of economic thought. The paper below develops this inquiry from a diagnostic perspective. It outlines the aims and methods of neo-classical economics in social policy, and examines how these aims and methods are justified. The paper then identifies theoretical and practical problems with economics so conceived, and demonstrates how these problems affect contemporary social policy issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile boundaries/rigid worlds
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2nd annual conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion
EditorsMichael Fine, Nicholas Smith, Amanda Wise
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherCentre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1741380472
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventConference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004) - North Ryde, NSW
Duration: 27 Sep 200428 Sep 2004


ConferenceConference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004)
CityNorth Ryde, NSW


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