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.
|Title of host publication||Mobile boundaries/rigid worlds|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings of the 2nd annual conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion|
|Editors||Michael Fine, Nicholas Smith, Amanda Wise|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||Conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004) - North Ryde, NSW|
Duration: 27 Sep 2004 → 28 Sep 2004
|Conference||Conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion (2nd : 2004)|
|City||North Ryde, NSW|
|Period||27/09/04 → 28/09/04|
Tweedie, D. (2004). Economics in social policy: a philosophical analysis. In M. Fine, N. Smith, & A. Wise (Eds.), Mobile boundaries/rigid worlds: proceedings of the 2nd annual conference of the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion Sydney: Centre for Research on Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.