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The Foundations of 'Laissez-Faire' : The Economics of Pierre de Boisguilbert - Gilbert Faccarello

The Foundations of 'Laissez-Faire'

The Economics of Pierre de Boisguilbert

Hardcover Published: 29th April 1999
ISBN: 9780415207997
Number Of Pages: 208

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At the end of the seventeenth centrury a new theoretical approach in economics emerged through the writings of Pierre de Boisguilbert (1646-1714). Biosguilbert's work, a landmark in the establishment and development of liberal economics, not only develops the theoretical foundations of laissez-faire, it also consitutes a substantial analysis of the behaviour of economic agents in the generation of proposerity and depression. This is the first full length study of Boisguilbert's work to appear in English. It contains an extended discussion of the context in which Boisguilbert worked, as well as a detailed analysis of his life and work.

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"To a modern economist, the most striking feature of Buisguilbert's work is its resemblance to Keynesian economics. Facarello does s good job of sketching the main parallels. Perhaps this plaint is not so much a criticism of Facarello as it is a statement that despite his workman effort, much remains to be done. Anglo-Saxon scholards of French pre-Smithian economic though will find this book useful, if for no other reason that the dearth of secondary sources on Buisguillbert in English. This book is a welcome addition to a sparse literature in which little new or original research has emerged over the past three decades. - History of Political Economy, Robert F. Hebert, Auburn University."

Forewordp. viii
Introduction: A fin de regne Alcestep. 1
The context (I). Social and political Augustinianismp. 13
The context (II). On some problems in the governing of an ordered statep. 34
Equilibrium (I). The social classes approach: from the 'state of innocence' to the 'polished and magnificent state'p. 58
Equilibrium (II). The market approach: the foundations of equilibrium and of free tradep. 73
Destabilising shocks (I). Court language and merchant truthp. 103
Destabilising shocks (II). Market strategies: the propagation of disequilibriump. 122
Conclusionp. 142
Appendixp. 143
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780415207997
ISBN-10: 0415207991
Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Economics, 31
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 29th April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1