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Economic Development and Social Change : Routledge Studies in the History of Economics - Yiorgos Stathakis

Economic Development and Social Change

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

By: Yiorgos Stathakis (Editor), Gianni Vaggi (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9780415334686
Number Of Pages: 308

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Some of the greatest thinkers in the history of economic thought have been instrumental in advancing the study of development economics. In this volume, leading scholars are brought together to illuminate this tradition, with particular emphasis on the question of growth and development.

Divided into two parts, this collection offers a blend of papers of history of economic thought and development economics, and suggests that classical political economy - that strand of thought which goes from Physiocracy to Smith and to Ricardo and Marx - has a precise vision and indeed a precise model of long term development. This book:

  • examines the influence that has been exerted by both pre-classical and classical thought on modern day development economics
  • provides a synthetic analysis of the classical vision of growth and development from the mercantilist era to physiocracy
  • examines Adam Smitha (TM)s contribution to growth theory
  • explores Marxian thinking and ideas, and the political developments that gave rise to state functions in post-war theory.

Including contributions by well known authors such as Eltis, Murphy and Kurz, this significant volume by one of the premier historians of economic thought will be a valuable resource for postgraduates and professionals in the fields of economic history and political economy.

List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xii
Notes on contributorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Introduction: economic development and social change: the classical view and the modernsp. 1
Development theory: classical and modern perspectivesp. 27
Half a century of development theories: an institutionalist surveyp. 29
Comparative development and institutional changep. 74
Increasing returns and the division of labour in the theory of economic developmentp. 97
Endogenous growth in a stylised 'classical' modelp. 106
Aspects of German monetary and development economics and their reception in Japanp. 125
The notion of the constant wage share in income-distribution theoriesp. 144
Economic development and social change: some themes from pre-classical and classical thinkingp. 169
Nicolas Du Tot and John Lawp. 171
Genesis of Hume's political economy of "manners"p. 190
The French debate on the morality and the political economy of luxury: from Boisguilbert to Quesnayp. 200
French political economy, industrialism and social change (1815-30)p. 232
Sloth and greed: mercantilist and classical views on human nature and economic developmentp. 257
The two paths of economic development in Adam Smith's thoughtp. 275
Ricardo, machinery and comparative advantagep. 290
Indexp. 302
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ISBN: 9780415334686
ISBN-10: 0415334683
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Economics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st January 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.05  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1