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An Outline of the History of Economic Thought
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An Outline of the History of Economic Thought

Ernesto Screpanti and Stefano Zamagni

Abstract

Provides a comprehensive and analytical overview of the development of economic theory from its beginnings, at the end of the Middle Ages, up to contemporary contributions. Traditional theories are presented as living matter and modern theories as part of a historical process and not as established truths. In this way, the book avoids the dangerous dichotomy between the 'pure' historians of thought, who dedicate themselves exclusively to studying 'facts', and the 'pure' theorists, who are interested only in the evolution of the logical structure of theories. An unconventionally large amount of ... More

Keywords: classical economics, Keynesian revolution, mercantilism, neoclassical theory, neo-Ricardian paradigm, new political economy, physiocracy, utilitarianism, value, theories of, welfare economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199279144.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernesto Screpanti, author
Professor of Political Economy, University of Siena
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Stefano Zamagni, author
Professor of Economics, University of Bologna
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