Economics and the revolution in the field – LA Times.com
Wednesday, 11 April, 2012 Leave a comment
Might this explain the renewed interest in my previous blog “Complexity Economics”!?
I hope so because, of late I keep coming back to the words of Dave Snowden: “Practice without sound theory does not scale”. Think about the implications for global commerce and the huge number of over-remunerated “experts” that populate, such as, the Financial Sector and you may begin to understand the reason for institutional intransigence in the face of well-founded criticism of theory, practice and culture.
Obviously, the global financial crisis brought the failures of the economics profession into stark relief. But there still hasn’t been a significant public movement of established professional economists away from orthodox theories. However, as the pernicious effects of instability and inequality become part of daily life, frustration with stale economic ideas is starting to turn into action — at least on the part of some.
So this is where economics finds itself today, stuck between failed methodologies and whispered realities. It can continue to produce elegant theorems that work only by ignoring obvious real-world situations and conditions. Or it can break free of its restrictions and apply its rigor to addressing society’s most intractable problems.
The choice is up to the economics establishment. But the revolution has begun.
This extract dates back to an article I wrote in 2010:
It is easy to challenge “conventional wisdom” based upon the facts but, as history shows us, change can be vehemently resisted when it comes up against entrenched “belief systems”…particularly when such change presents itself as a threat to those for whom power and wealth (individually and collectively) has derived from their “mastery” of the civilized world as we have come to recognise it.
- Dave Snowden:: anticipatory awareness – seizing opportunity avoiding threats (fitforrandomness.wordpress.com)