Crises and cycles in economic dictionaries and encyclopedias

edited by Daniele Besomi

This book aims at investigating from the perspective of the major economic dictionaries (including broader encyclopedic works with detailed economic entries) the notions of economic crisis and cycle. The book offers extensive summaries of a number of significant entries on this subject, each with an introductory essay placing them (and the dictionary to which they belong) in their context, giving some details on their authors, and assessing the entry’s (and its author’s) contribution in the light of the development of the doctrine on this subject. The introductory essays describe the relevant features of dictionaries as a literary style, examine the main terms used to describe economic troubles and other kinds of economic dynamics, offer a histoy of economic dictionaries, and trace the history of the theories of cycles and crises as systematized by dictionary writers.

Contributors are François Allisson, Pier Francesco Asso, Jesús Astigarraga, Vincent Barnett , Daniele Besomi, Pascal Bridel, Giorgio Colacchio, Cécile Dangel-Hagnauer, Luca Fiorito, Ludovic Frobert, Vitantonio Gioia, Harald Hagemann, Francisco Louçã, Jan-Peter Olters, Marc Pilkington, Peter Rodenburg, Juan Zabalza.

The book is published by Routledge (June 2011); here are a library recommendation form and a form for requesting a review copy.

see the Table of contents, the chapters abstracts, and the book reviews.

Here are the copyright-free entries on crises and cycles in dictionaries and encyclopedias discussed (some at length, some in passing) in the book, and the bibliography of economic dictionaries rearranged by criteria different from those used in Ch. 28 of the book.