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Equilibrium in Economics: scope and limits

Valeria Mosini (ed)
Routledge (December 2006)

General Equilibrium Theory, which became the dominating paradigm after the Second World War, is founded on the postulated existence, uniqueness and stability of equilibrium in economic processes. Since then, the concept has come under sustained attack from all points of the heterodox compass, from Austrian economists to Marxists.

Partly in response to these pressures, mainstream economics has changed and moved away from the rigid framework of GET. Nonetheless, economists are continually arguing in terms of equilibrium and the existence of a variety of equilibrium concepts continues to stir controversy.

The contributions in this book, which include articles from Tony Lawson, Ivar Grattan-Guiness and Richard van den Berg, highlight current notions of equilibrium in economics and provide a guide to understanding the links between economic theory adn economic reality.