Volume 5, Number 2


Placing ethics in economics under scrutiny
I. Lagardien

The ethics of the development of leadership and of the rationalist core at the base of orthodoxyis being scrutinised more closely by scholars and public policy makers who draw on the critical tradition in the social sciences. This closer scrutiny moves away from simple pat responses to surface forms of ethical conduct or behaviour (and we should not minimise these) to include matters of accountability and of power-relations in political economic bargaining and exchange. It is useful to recall that the task of the critical social sciences is to penetrate the world of things, especially the appearance in capitalist society of equal exchange, and to demystify surface forms of equality by looking beyond the empirical(Horkheimer, 2002). 

Keywords: Economics;policy; political;orthodox;relations