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Scholarly Belief and Attitude Formation: The Case of the Radical Economics Paradigm

CAROL COPP
Sociological Focus
Vol. 25, No. 2 (May 1992), pp. 121-138
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20831614
Page Count: 18
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Scholarly Belief and Attitude Formation: The Case of the Radical Economics Paradigm
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Abstract

Samples of three organizations: The American Economic Association, the Union of Radical Political Economics, and the Association for Evolutionary Economics, were obtained in an effort to determine the social forces which create a radical paradigm in contemporary economics. Radicalism is maintained through the operation of (1) social forces external to the discipline, namely, low levels of religiosity and modest income, as well as prior political socialization through natal family political interest and student activism, and (2) forces internal to the discipline and found within its professional socialization subsystem. A structural model incorporating these variables and emphasizing the adoption of an academic perspective consistent with prior political socialization was tested by means of LISREL VII analysis.

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