The Programming Approach and the Demise of Economics

Volume III: The Planning Accounting Framework (PAF)

  • Franco Archibugi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Franco Archibugi
    Pages 1-44
  3. Franco Archibugi
    Pages 45-60
  4. Franco Archibugi
    Pages 113-174
  5. Franco Archibugi
    Pages 175-221
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-308

About this book


This trilogy deals with an epistemology of economics, arguing for a radical overturning of conventional analysis and providing an alternative to political economy and social sciences, based not on positivism, but on a normative and programming paradigm.

Volume III furthers work presented in Volume I and Volume II, and introduces a concrete and practical example of how to build a Planning Accounting Framework (PAF), as associated with Frisch's 'plan-frame' (explored in Volume II), to demonstrate the extent to which decisions and negotiations can be routed in the social sciences. The PAF is an instrument of the programming approach that can be used to verify the compatibility of decisions and their effects. The author builds on Frisch's classical PAF to maximise the phenomenology of economic systems, and assure a consistent and effective implementation of decision making.


Epistemology of economics Political and social governance Determinist approach Positivist approach Frisch Planning economics Decision Theory

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  • Franco Archibugi
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