Reiner Eichenberger (*1961, dissertation 1990, habilitation 1997, both at the University of Zurich) is professor of public finance at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is a research director of CREMA (Center for Research in Economics, Management, and the Arts) and co-editor of Kyklos.
Political Economists and Political Scientists - What Are the Benefits to Economists From Closer Interaction?
Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
2005 The Swiss Political Science Review
Swiss Political Science Review
Volume 11, Issue 4, pages 269–280, Winter 2005
How to Cite
Eichenberger, R. (2005), Political Economists and Political Scientists - What Are the Benefits to Economists From Closer Interaction?. Swiss Political Science Review, 11: 269–280. doi: 10.1002/j.1662-6370.2005.tb00379.x
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 20 JAN 2011
- Political Economics and Political Science;
- Public Choice;
- Economic Analysis of Academia;
- Institutional Innovation;
- Swiss Institutions
This paper discusses how a closer interaction with Political Scientists could impact on Swiss Political Economists by concentrating on four specific hypotheses. The first thesis evaluates how increased interdisciplinary interaction affects the incentives of Swiss Political Economists. It somewhat pessimistically posits that interdisciplinary interaction does not necessarily inseminate the work of Political Economists. The second thesis is more optimistic and discusses some aspects of the politico-economic process which have been neglected so far in Political Economics but could be integrated thanks to the interaction with Political Scientists. The third thesis proposes that Swiss Political Economists should learn from Political Scientists to be more critical of present Swiss institutions. The fourth thesis proposes that Political Economists and Political Scientists should not only discuss the application of economic reasoning to politics. They should also investigate which governance mechanisms can be transferred from the polity to the economy.