Orthodox Core–Heterodox Periphery? Contrasting Citation Networks of Economics Departments in Vienna

Florentin Glötzl, Ernest Aigner

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


The notion of an ‘orthodox core–heterodox periphery’ structure and the extent of interdisciplinary links have been widely discussed, and partially investigated bibliometrically, within economic discourse. We extend this research by applying tools from social network analysis to citation data of three economics departments located in Vienna, two mainstream and one non-mainstream, to assess their relative citation patterns. We show that both mainstream economics departments follow the asserted core–periphery pattern and have a mono-disciplinary research focus, while the citation network of the non-mainstream department has a polycentric structure and is both more heterodox and interdisciplinary. These findings suggest that discussions about the future of heterodox economics should pay more attention to the organizational level and seek allies from other disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210 - 240
JournalReview of Political Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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