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I introduce two important case studies of media roles in public debate over the nature of economics as a science. These cases, one during the 1890s and the other in the 1940s, reveal uncertainty among the American citizenry concerning what kind of science economics is. The question—a long-running one—was this: How pure and detached from policy advocacy must economists be?

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https://doi.org/10.31274/sciencecommunication-180809-82

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Objectivity vs. Advocacy: Newspaper Rhetoric during the “Bemis Affair” and the “Oleomargarine Controversy”

I introduce two important case studies of media roles in public debate over the nature of economics as a science. These cases, one during the 1890s and the other in the 1940s, reveal uncertainty among the American citizenry concerning what kind of science economics is. The question—a long-running one—was this: How pure and detached from policy advocacy must economists be?

 

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