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Great news from Kingston University

from Lars Syll

I have just accepted an offer to become Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London. I will take up the appointment in time for the Autumn term, which starts on September 23rd.

Kingston will respond positively to calls from students for genuine reform of economics education—like those made by the Post-Crash Economics Society in Manchester, and the International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics (which was launched only days ago).

These student calls for genuine reform are timely, because though there are some initiatives for reform, academic economics has, if anything, become more hostile to criticism of the mainstream and to presentation of alternative perspectives than it was before the crisis.

Kingston is different. It already has a curriculum that teaches both mainstream and non-orthodox approaches. We will develop this further in the coming years to provide an education that is mindful of the need for economics to be humble after its many failures.

These include not merely the failure of Neoclassical economics to foresee the financial crisis—and its contribution to that crisis by championing the financial products that made the crisis so severe—but also the failure of Marxian economics to foresee the many problems that led to the collapse of centrally planned economies two decades earlier.

The guiding principles in developing Kingston’s approach will be, firstly, that there is no “right” school of economic thought today, so that all schools of thought deserve to be taught; and secondly, that nothing in economics is sacred, so that different approaches should be taught “warts and all”—with their weaknesses noted as well as their strengths …

So if you want a crit­i­cal, plu­ral­ist edu­ca­tion in eco­nom­ics (whether as an under­grad­u­ate or post­grad­u­ate), and one which puts eco­nom­ics in the con­text of his­tory and pol­i­tics, join me in Kingston.

Steve Keen

News that really makes me happy.

I can only congratulate Steve and the economics students at Kingston University

  1. robert r locke
    May 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Very good news indeed! Maybe we can approach economics like the Germans do management. It is not a science, but it is surrounded by useful Hilfswissenschaften, auxiliary sciences, e.g. statistics, from which economics can draw when striving for clarity and utility.

  2. Nell
    May 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    It will be good for the UK to have an academic who challenges the current neoclassical hegemony and also makes his work accessible to those outside of academia.

  3. spender7
    May 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    congrats! Perhaps you’d like to organize a non-mainstream event?

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