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The Social Economics of Jean-Baptiste Say
Markets and Virtue

ISBN 9780415757720
Published April 2, 2014 by Routledge

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This book uses archival and published sources to place Say in context, at the confluence of several major currents in social philosophy. The Say that emerges from this study is far from being the one dimensional popularizer of Smith and proponent of libertarian ideology that he is often depicted as. Rather he is an eighteenth-century republican trying to knit togther support for free markets and industrial development with a profound respect for the importance of the legislator, the administrator and the educator in the creation and maintenance of civil society


'This was a enjoyable book both for its scholarship and because of the deep interest raised in the issues surveyed. It provides a depth of understanding on questions that are normally of peripheral interest to an economist.' - History of Economics Review, Steven Kates