1st Edition

The Spread of Political Economy and the Professionalisation of Economists
Economic Societies in Europe, America and Japan in the Nineteenth Century

ISBN 9780415868174
Published October 30, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This book expertly presents the first systematic research and comparative analysis ever attempted on the rise and early developments of the Economic Associations founded in Europe, the US and Japan during the nineteenth century. Contributors analyze the activities and debates promoted by these associations, evaluating their role in:

  • the dissemination of political economy. 
  • the institutionalisation of economics. 
  • the construction of professional self-consciousness among economists.

Individual chapters reconstruct the events that led to the foundation of economic societies in Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Japan and the US.

Table of Contents

1. Nineteenth-Century Economic Societies in a Comparative Approach: The Emergence of Professional Economists  2. Economic Societies in Great Britain and Ireland  3. The Société d'Economie Politique of Paris (1842-1914)  4. The Associations of Economists and the Dissemination of Political Economy in Italy  5. Economic Associations in Belgium  6. Spanish Societies, Academies and Economic Debating Societies  7. From Learned Societies to Professional Associations. The Establishment of the Economist Profession in Portugal  8. Patriots, the Poor and Economic Progress. Economic Societies in The Netherlands  9. The Verein für Sozialpolitik from its Foundation (1872) until the First World War  10. The Swedish Economic Association from its Foundation (1877) to the Turn of the Century  11. Orchestrating Economic Ideas: The Formation and Development of Economic Societies in modern Japan  12. Economists and Professional Organizations in Pre-World War I America

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'Should be essential reading to all historians of economics, especially those interested in 19th century economic thought.' Michaelis Psaliodopoulos, Panteion University, Athens