J. A. Hobson

Hobson, John Atkinson

John Atkinson Hobson, 1858–1940, English economist and journalist. He achieved wide popularity as a lecturer and writer. Criticizing classical economics, which centered on man's mechanical response to inflexible economic laws, he held that economic theory was bound up with the ethical problems of social welfare and should be a guide to reform. The economic measures he supported prefigured the more fully developed ideas of John Maynard Keynes. Hobson advocated partial socialization, and in Imperialism (1902) he interpreted imperialism as a product of the economic excesses of capitalism. His other works include The Evolution of Modern Capitalism (1894), The Economics of Distribution (1900), The Economics of Unemployment (1922), and the autobiographical Confessions of an Economic Heretic (1938).

See H. N. Brailsford, The Life-Work of J. A. Hobson (1948).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! Imperialism: A Study
J. A. Hobson.
George Allen & Unwin, 1905
FREE! Work and Wealth: A Human Valuation
J. A. Hobson.
Macmillan & Co., 1914
Richard Cobden: the International Man
J. A. Hobson; Neville Masterman.
Benn, 1968 (New edition)
Economics for the Common Good: Two Centuries of Social Economic Thought in the Humanistic Tradition
Mark A. Lutz.
Routledge, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "In Sismondi's Spirit: John A. Hobson"
Thinkers of the Twenty Years' Crisis: Inter-War Idealism Reassessed
David Long; Peter Wilson.
Clarendon Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "J. A. Hobson and Economic Internationalism"
Conceptualizing the State: Innovation and Dispute in British Political Thought 1880-1914
James Meadowcroft.
Oxford University, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "John Hobson, Ramsay MacDonald, and the State"
Marxist Perspectives on Imperialism: A Theoretical Analysis
Chronis Polychroniou.
Praeger, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "Hobson" begins on p. 48
Knowledge at Work: Some Neoliberal Anachronisms
Hodgson, Geoffrey M.
Review of Social Economy, Vol. 63, No. 4, December 2005
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