Defining Economics: The Long Road to Acceptance of the Robbins Definition

@article{Backhouse2009DefiningET,
  title={Defining Economics: The Long Road to Acceptance of the Robbins Definition},
  author={Roger E. Backhouse and Steven G. Medema},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economica},
  year={2009}
}
fields. Though often presented as self-evidently correct, both the definition itself and the developments that it has been used to support were keenly contested. This paper traces the reception, diffusion and contesting of the Robbins definition, arguing that this process took around three decades and that even then there was still significant dissent. 
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