The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences

Handbook of the History of Economic Thought

Insights on the Founders of Modern Economics

Editors: Backhaus, Jürgen Georg (Ed.)

  • Provides a thorough presentation and consideration of the founders of modern economics
  • Adds a continental European perspective to traditional Anglo
  • American scholarship, delivering an alternative history of economic thought
  • Contains contributions from the leading international experts in the study of each economist
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About this book

This reader in the history of economic thought challenges the assumption that today’s prevailing economic theories are always the most appropriate ones. As Leland Yeager has pointed out, unlike the scientists of the natural sciences, economists provide their ideas largely to politicians and political appointees who have rather different incentives that might prevent them from choosing the best economic theory. In this book, the life and work of each of the founders of economics is examined by the best available expert on that founding figure. These contributors present rather novel and certainly not mainstream interpretations of the founders of modern economics.

The primary theme concerns the development of economic thought as this emerged in the various continental traditions including the Islamic tradition. These continental traditions differed substantially, both substantively and methodologically, from the Anglo-Saxon orientation that has been dominant in the last century for example in the study of public finance or the very construct of the state itself. This books maps the various channels of continental economics, particularly from the late-18th through the early-20th centuries, explaining and demonstrating the underlying unity amid the surface diversity.  In particular, the book emphasizes the writings of John Stuart Mill, his predecessor David Ricardo and his follower Jeremy Bentham; the theory of Marginalism by von Thünen, Cournot, and Gossen; the legacy of Karl Marx; the innovations in developmental economics by Friedrich List; the economic and monetary contributions and “struggle of escape” by John Maynard Keynes;  the formidable theory in public finance and economics by Joseph Schumpeter; a reinterpretation of Alfred Marshall; Léon Walras, Heinrich von Stackelberg, Knut Wicksell, Werner Sombart, and Friedrich August von Hayek are each dealt with in their own right.

About the authors

Jürgen G. Backhaus (*1950), JSD 1976, PhD (Econ) 1985, holds the Krupp Chair in Public Finance and Fiscal Sociology at Erfurt University since November 2000. Between 1986 and 2000, he has held the chair in Public Economics at Maastricht University. In 2006 he received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Knight’s Cross), in September 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Thessaly (Greece). In 1994 he founded (with Frank H. Stephen) the European Journal of Law and Economics, of which he is now the only editor. He has published 60 books and monographs, about 200 articles in refereed journals and book chapters, 28 scholarly notes and 63 reviews. His research interests span economics, but also neighboring disciplines such as law, fiscal sociology and environmental sciences.

Table of contents (28 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Backhaus, Jürgen G.

    Pages 1-6

  • The Tradition of Economic Thought in the Mediterranean World from the Ancient Classical Times Through the Hellenistic Times Until the Byzantine Times and Arab-Islamic World

    Baloglou, Christos P.

    Pages 7-91

  • Mercantilism

    Peukert, Helge

    Pages 93-121

  • The Cameralists: Fertile Sources for a New Science of Public Finance

    Wagner, Richard E.

    Pages 123-135

  • The Physiocrats

    d’Abadal, Lluis Argemí

    Pages 137-159

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of the History of Economic Thought
Book Subtitle
Insights on the Founders of Modern Economics
Editors
  • Jürgen Georg Backhaus
Series Title
The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8336-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8336-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8335-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9473-8
Series ISSN
1572-1744
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 728
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