FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
The making of economics in Portugal: a study of Portuguese recent economic research (1980 to the present)
The history of recent economics in a semiperipheral country like Portugal is important, not only from a national point of view, but as an input for the historiography of economics in general, namely for a better knowledge of the processes of international circulation of economic ideas (assimilation/adaptation/appropriation of ideas originally produced in other spaces) and to check how globalization is having an impact on national production of economic ideas. This project is intended to uncover the main features of the Portuguese economics community and research system, to identify the patterns of evolution of scientific production in economics in Portugal in the recent past and explore the basic processes/drivers underlying those patterns. A particular attention will be given to the processes of internationalization of the Portuguese economics community and scientific production and to how the international diffusion of economic ideas has been occurring in the country. We will look at publications in indexed journals, postgraduate programmes of education in economics and doctoral theses, the evolution of the research lines carried out within the major Portuguese research centres; and conversation, analysis and interpretation of interviews with relevant representatives of the Portuguese economics community.