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1st Edition

Economists in Parliament in the Liberal Age

ISBN 9781138258877
Published February 27, 2017 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

This detailed volume explores the role and actions of economists in US, Japanese and various European parliaments in the critical period between 1848 and 1920. Featuring chapters written by an international array of contributors from both economics and history, the book provides fascinating insights into the parliamentary life in the period. It highlights the often pivotal role of economists within each administration; examines their influence on policy making, their relationships with other MPs, civil servants, external economic associations and looks at the influence of public opinion on economic policy. The book also discusses the nature of the economic discourse practised in the parliamentary arena, considering the complex relationships between science and practice, and between politics and political economy in light of the evolution of economics during this period. The book is the first of its kind to provide a comparative framework for analysis, and will appeal to economists and historians alike.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Economists in parliament in the Liberal Age: a comparative perspective, Massimo M. Augello and Marco E.L. Guidi; Political economy in Portuguese parliamentary debates (1820-1910), António Almodovar and José Luís Cardoso; Economists in the Belgian parliament (1831-1918), Guido Erreygers and Bert Mosselmans; Chair, tribune and seat: Spanish economists in parliament (1844-1923). an exploration, Salvador Almenar; Economists in parliament in Britain (1848-1914), Roger E. Backhouse; French economists in parliament from the Second Republic to the outbreak of the Great Crisis (1848-1929), Yves Breton; German economists in parliament (1848-1918), Harald Hagemann and Matthias Rösch; Economists and political economy in the Italian parliament from the unification to the rise of the Fascism (1861-1922), Massimo M. Augello and Marco E.L. Guidi; Economists in the Greek Parliament (1862-1910): the men and their views on fiscal and monetary policy, Michalis Psalidopoulos and Adamantios Syrmaloglou; Economists in the Japanese diet (1890-1930): the debate on adoption of the Gold Standard, Jiro Kumagai; The American anomaly: why were there no economists in the US Congress?, Bradley W. Bateman; Index of Names.

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Massimo M. Augello and Marco E.L. Guidi are Professors of History of Economic Thought at the University of Pisa, Italy. They are authors of several books and articles on the Italian economic thought of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, especially focusing on the institutionalization and professionalization of economics.


’...this book is an excellent contribution to understanding the role played by economists in the parliaments of more developed countries. The scholarship is impressive and the comparative approach yields many insights...In terms of exploring the context of the role of economists in the wider world, this book can be recommended as a valuable contribution to the field.’ EH.NET ’...together [the chapters] present the first broad-ranging attempt to examine the impact of political economy as a discipline within parliamentary institutions in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.’ Storia del Pensiero Economico