Studies in the History of French Political Economy: From Bodin to Walras

Studies in the History of French Political Economy: From Bodin to Walras

Studies in the History of French Political Economy: From Bodin to Walras

Studies in the History of French Political Economy: From Bodin to Walras

Synopsis

This book considers the evolution of economic thought in France from the sixteenth to twentieth century and explores the key economists, themes and controversies.

Excerpt

There has been an enduring revival of interest in the history of economic thought over the last few decades. Not only has the stream of publications introduced significant innovations to existing areas of study, it has also, perhaps above all, taken on areas which until now had been somewhat ignored (for example the incorrectly termed ‘pre-Smithian’ economic thought) or which were not yet on the agenda because of a lack of hindsight (post-Second World War economic thought).

One of the new areas to be studied with interest is research into the evolution of economic thought in individual countries. This research not only brings to light important periods or authors hitherto unknown, it also illuminates questions pertaining in particular to the spread and adaptation of theories and economic ideas in different contexts to those in which they emerged.

This collection of essays includes eleven studies, which are both historical and theoretical, and which consider, to different degrees, these types of investigations in the context of France. the period covered is vast, extending from Bodin to Walras, but the chapters do not intend to deal with the subject consecutively, nor exhaustively. in the context of a field of study revived by recent research (the echoes of which may be found in the bibliographies), our aim was to bring to the forefront those authors, themes and controversies which seemed to us to be important and about which something new could be said.

The first versions of the texts presented in this collection were discussed during a series of seminars held at the Centre Alexandre Vandermonde (École normale supérieure de Fontenay/Saint Cloud) from 1994 to 1996; numerous discussions during and after these meetings helped us to improve both the form and the content of these contributions. I wish to take this opportunity to convey to the participants of these seminars and the translators of the chapters the sincere thanks of the authors and editor. the authors and editor wish, furthermore, to thank the publishers of this volume for the confidence they have shown in the work and, in particular, for their patience.

Gilbert Faccarello . . .

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