The Theory of Economic Policy in English Classical Political Economy.London : Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1952 Stock Code: 149714
First edition, first impression, the copy of William Beveridge, with his bookplate to front pastedown.
An excellent economics provenance, linking two dominant figures in mid-century British economics: Robbins who led the LSE for three decades and influenced a generation of rising economists, and Beveridge, whose eponymous report laid the foundation for the British welfare state. The two men knew and influenced each other, although they disagreed on many aspects of the discipline. Robbins worked for six months as a research assistant to Beveridge in the mid-1920s, and it was through Beveridge's insistence that Robbins lectured once a week at the LSE, where he was later appointed professor of economics.
The Theory of Economic Policy in English Classical Political Economy argues "very persuasively, if not entirely convincingly, that the British Classical economists did not adhere to the continental laissez-faire dogma but rather argued for freedom in economic relationships as a general principle with many ad hoc exceptions. He further tried to clear them of any anti-working class bias" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Neat notation "LR" to front free endpaper. Minor soiling and rubbing; a very good copy.
The New Palgrave IV, pp. 206-8.
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