Evolutionary economics: In defence of 'vagueness'

Journal of Economic Methodology 11 (3):359-376 (2004)
Abstract
Evolutionary economics is an increasingly influential but vaguely defined field of economic research. This article discusses different ways of defining evolutionary economics: at its object level, at the level of core concepts and, distinguishing between meaning determinist and meaning finitist interpretations, as a social institution. A meaning finitist interpretation of ?evolutionary economics?, referring to evolutionary economics as a social institution, is suggested to provide a positive account of the diversity of attempts to define evolutionary economics, drawing from an evolutionary framework of the diffusion of labels denoting fields of research.
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