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The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts

Joe Earle, Cahal Moral, and Zach Ward-Perkins


One hundred years ago the idea of ‘the economy’ didn’t exist. Now, improving ‘the economy’ has come to be seen as one of the most important tasks facing modern societies. Politics and policymaking are increasingly conducted in the language of economics and economic logic increasingly frames how political problems are defined and addressed. The result is that crucial societal functions are outsourced to economic experts. The econocracy is about how this particular way of thinking about economies and economics has come to dominate many modern societies and its damaging consequences. We have put ... More

Keywords: Econocracy, Democracy, Economics education, Economics, Experts, Citizenship, Financial crisis, Higher education, Liberal education, Public Interest, Rethinking Economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781526110121
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526110121.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Earle, author
University of Manchester

Cahal Moral, author
University of Manchester

Zach Ward-Perkins, author
University of Manchester