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RECON

Governação, Economia e Sociedade
Palavras-Chave:Coordenador(a): Vítor Neves (CES) | Ana Costa (DINÂMIA'CET-IUL)

Equipa DINÂMIA’CET-IUL: Gonçalo Marçal

Outros Membros: Vítor Neves; João Rodrigues;  José Reis; Manuel Branco; Tiago Santos Pereira

Parcerias: IHA; Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa; AHU-Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino (DGLAB -Arquivos Nacionais).

Entidade Financiadora: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia | PTDC/IVC-HFC/3826/2014

Data de Início: 1/6/2016  Data de Finalização: 1/5/2019

As an increasing number of historians of economics have been arguing, taking the present as history and studying the past and the present on the same historiographical basis is possible and needed; secondly, economics is a plural and complex science, subject to different methodological approaches and constructions not independent from the historical, social and cultural circumstances conditioning them; thus, the history of recent economics in a semiperipheral country like Portugal is important, not only from a national point of view, but as an input for the historiography of economics in general, namely for a better knowledge of the processes of international circulation of economic ideas (assimilation/adaptation/ appropriation of ideas originally produced in other spaces) and to check how globalization is having an impact on national production of economic ideas.
Understanding the nature and evolution of economics in Portugal in the recent past, the dissemination of different economic theories and methodological approaches, and the contribution of Portuguese economics to contemporary debates entails a multifarious, interdisciplinary investigation. This project is intended to uncover the main features of the Portuguese economics community and research system, to identify the patterns of evolution of scientific production in economics in Portugal in the recent past and explore the basic processes/drivers underlying those patterns. A particular attention will be given to the processes of internationalization of the Portuguese economics community and scientific production and to how the international diffusion of economic ideas has been occurring in the country.
The project develops in six tasks structured around two closely interrelated lines of investigation: a first one, more focused on theoreticalmethodological aspects; the other, devoted to a detailed exploration of the dynamics of economics research in Portugal since the 1980s to the present.
The first step will be a reflection on the most adequate strategy to deal with the production of recent economics research in Portugal. The objective at this first stage is double: (i) to provide a good mapping of the historiography of recent economics, with a focus on the realities of the semiperiphery; and (ii) to develop an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that is simultaneously capable of guiding the empirical research and of being enriched by it.
The following stage is mainly oriented to provide answers to the following questions. 1) What were the fields and topics of economics that benefited the most from the recent changes of Portuguese economics research?; 2) What were the main methodologies used and within the context of what schools/traditions of thought?; 3) How did the Portuguese research interact with other loci of scientific economics production?; 4) What were the main factors that influenced the research strategies pursued? We will look at publications in indexed journals, postgraduate programmes of education in economics and doctoral theses, the evolution of the research lines carried out within the major Portuguese research centres; and conversation, analysis and interpretation of interviews with relevant representatives of the Portuguese economics community.
This project is an exercise in the history of economic thought. It focuses on the recent evolution of Portuguese research in economics. This is by and large an unchartered territory to be explored. A particular attention will be given to the way economics research has been structured in Portugal, to the changes that have been occurring in this structure in the recent past, to the institutional dynamics underpinning them, and to the main processes of circulation and appropriation of economic ideas in the country. Ultimately, this will also be a contribution to a better knowledge of economics as a plural and complex discipline not reducible to a homogeneous, universal science. As such, it will be an important input to give the history of recent economics in Portugal the relevance it should have in the context of the international network of the history of economics.
A skilled and extremelymotivated research team, supported by two worldwide outstanding historians of economics and one experienced expert in the Portuguese history of XX Century economic thought acting as consultants, assures the accomplishment of the project’s goals.The former aims at understanding the dynamics of the interaction between the research in economics and postgraduate education within the Portuguese economics academic community. Postgraduate education is a particularly interesting area for grasping simultaneously the practice of research dissemination within the academic community and the first manifestations of the future research dynamics through the production of doctoral theses.The output and public impact of the project has also been strengthened.
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