Economic crises are opportunities to challenge orthodox economic ideas. But might the current crisis also be an opportunity to challenge the power of orthodox economics and economists more generally? Particular, technocratic forms of economic analysis and language now dominate public debates about the economy, narrowing the scope of democratic deliberation, dictating how problems are presented and solutions conceived. What economists rarely reflect on is their own role within economic institutions, or their capacity to shape and authorise economic outcomes.
The Uneconomics debate will challenge the dominance of orthodox economics in public debate, highlighting alternative perspectives on the economy and the benefits that they might bring to informing policy and raising public understanding of the current crisis. With contributions from anthropologists, sociologists, historians and philosophers, it will seek to understand why particular types of expertise have become so dominant in our political system, and imagine how this might be challenged with fresher, more nuanced interpretations of our economic predicament.