An important failure: knowledge limits and the financial crisis

Bryan, Dick; Martin, Randy; Montgomerie, Johnna and Williams, Karel. 2012. An important failure: knowledge limits and the financial crisis. Economy and Society, 41(3), pp. 299-315. ISSN 0308-5147 [Article]

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This paper introduces a theme section on knowledge limits in and after the financial crisis. It explores how and why practitioners have generally responded less conservatively to crisis than academics, and argues that academics within a variety of problematics could do more by reflecting critically on the heroic ideas about the role of knowledge which were current across the social sciences in the decade before the crisis. It then turns to introduce the section's papers before finally raising the possibility of a more explicitly political approach to understanding finance.

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finance, crisis, knowledge, politics, capitalism

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10 August 2012Published

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