In 1980, singer/guitarist/songwriter Neil Young released an album called Hawks and Doves that critics and fans alike bashed for being utterly Reaganian. It is true that Young had ashamedly shown support for Reagan’s campaign, though he’s never been able to vote in the US, due to his Canadian citizenship. But ultimately, what was Reaganian in that album was the emphasis on patriotism, on national symbols (e.g. his very sarcastic song about unions), as well as the fact it was musically conservative, revolving around Young’s acoustic guitar in a surprisingly conventional way. All in all, it was Reaganian, not much in a political, but in a stylistic way. Accordingly, in France, people tend to call “Pompidolien” (as a reference to former French president Georges Pompidou) any piece of art that is not very creative and seems to be flavored with subservience to authority in some way.
Do you think that something similar could be said about a scientific theory ? Can we identify an economic theory (or paper) that would be Reaganian, not because of its implications in terms of economic policy, but because of its style or analytical angle ?