It is a commonplace to say that contemporary public discourse is immersed in economic terminology and reasoning. Over time, economics has amongst others been analyzed as providing the physiology or anatomy of civil society, as the language of the bourgeois public sphere, as governmentality based on impersonal economic mechanisms, or as the rise of economists as public intellectuals. This conference brings together scholars who analyze economics as a public science—that is, a science which developed its forms of argument and evidence in relation to and in exchange with its publics. Papers cover specific sites (such as the IMF), textual genres, formal and informal networks, or profiles of specific categories of mediators in a comparative or diachronic perspective.
13.30-14.00 Harro Maas, Marco Guidi and Steven Medema: Welcome and introduction to the conference.
Session 1. Economists on economics and public reason
14.00-14.50 Marie Christine Duggan (Keene State College): Camponanes: Spanish Enlightenment economics existed, and it took place in the 1760s.
14.50-15.40 Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes (Monmouth University): The ethics of economics as public discourse: heterodox observations on Pigou.
15.40-16.00 coffee and tea break.
16.00-16.50 Andrés Alvarez, Andrés Guiot-Isaac, Jimena Hurtado (University de los Andes): Lauchlin Currie and Albert Hirschman on development as a problem of decision making.
16.50-17.40 Aurélien Goudsmeth, Danielle Guizzo and Francesco Sergi (University of Lille, University of Bristol): Neutralizing ideology with science: Lucas in public debate.
Session 2. Genres of Economic Writing
09.00-09.50 Jill Mary Bradbury (Gallaudet University): From Improvement to Revolution: Economic Ideas and Irish Public Discourses
9.50-10.40 Bert Tieben and Evert Schoorl (SEO, Amsterdam, Groningen University): Literary Journals in the Netherlands in the nineteenth century.
10.40-11.00 tea and coffee break
11.00-11.50 Sharmin Khodaiji (Jawarhalal Nehru University): The Science of Nationalizing Economics: Textbooks on Indian Economics during the Early Twentieth-Century.
11.50-12.40 Marianne Johnson (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh): Wisconsin Institutionalism and Public Persuasion in Interwar USA.
14.00-14.50 Béatrice Cherrier (University of Cergy-Pontoise): How To Write a Memo To Convince a President: 1960s USA.
Session 3. Whispering to Princes
14.50-15.40 Johanna Gauthier (Geneva University): Expertise Fetishism and Liberal Experiments: Gurus of economic strategy in Latin-America.
15.40-16.00 Tea and coffee break
16.00-16.50 Daniel Schiffman and Elie Goldstein (Ariel University, Ashkelon Academic College): The Economic Advisory Staff and Israeli economic policy: 1953-1955.
16.50-17.40 Tom Kayzel (University of Amsterdam): A Night Train in Broad Daylight: Evolving economic expertise at the Dutch CPB.
17.40-18.00 General discussion
20.00 Conference Dinner
Session 4. Economists in Policy Institutions
O9.00-09.50 Pedro Teixeira (University of Porto): Economic Debates about Education—the case of the OECD.
09.50-10.40 Christina Laskaridis (SOAS, London): Moving between Internal and External Dialogues: The IMF in the public domain.
10.40-11.00 Tea and coffee break
11.00-11.50 Thomas Vanoutrive and Peter-Willem Zuidhof (Antwerp University, University of Amsterdam): Port Economics in Search of an Audience, 1960-1970 in the Benelux.
Session 5. Evidential Pathways
11.50-12.40 Aida Ramos (University of Texas): Beyond Improvement: The Dublin Society and Public Reason.
14.00-14.50 Federico D’Onofrio (University of Lausanne): Enquiries in the Kingdom of Italy: How facts entered the public sphere, 1870-1900.
14.50-15.40 Juan Acosta and Erich Pinzon-Fuchs (University of Lille, University de los Andes): Macro-economic modelling and the SSRC’s Committee on Economic Stability.
15.40-16.00 Tea and coffee break
16.00-16.50 Closing discussion