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The Elgar Companion to Classical Economics
This authoritative and comprehensive reference work provides a thorough account of the classical approach to economics. It contains almost two hundred informative short entries in an easily accessible dictionary format on all the significant areas of this school of thought. The companion breaks new ground by drawing together the most important issues in the field in two comprehensive volumes.
Together these two volumes present an analytical and historical treatment of both old and modern classical economics. They contain portraits of all the major contributors to classical thought, as well as those who have contributed to the revival of classical economics. In addition, there are essays devoted to the major interpreters and critics of classical economics and to the classical tradition of economic thought in major countries around the world.
Each entry is cross referenced and offers suggestions for further reading. The companion will serve as the standard reference work for all those engaged in the field of classical economics. It will also be essential reading for scholars and researchers interested in the history of economic thought, macroeconomics, and the philosophy and methodology of economics.
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`This elegant, handsome, two volume encyclopedia of "classical economics", a collection of roughly 200 alphabetized entries - including short bibliographies - of around 3 to 10 pages each, is very well done indeed. . . . The writing, of a consistently high quality, clear and relatively free of jargon, is a tribute to the editors. . . . Overall, these volumes are a worthy addition to university research libraries, for use primarily by graduate and advanced undergraduate economics students. They should also be -- useful to mainstream economists who want a sophisticated introduction to classical Ricardian and contemporary Sraffian thought.' - David Gleicher, Review of Political Economy `This Companion is noteworthy for its attention to the international dimension of classical political economy. . . . This set of contributions provides impressive evidence of the richness and variety both of the classical heritage and of the contemporary research lines inspired by the classical tradition.' -- Roberto Scazzieri, The Economic Journal `The readers of these two marvellous volumes will acquire a very good overview of the actual content of classical economics, as well as the variety of views as to its meaning. . . . Certainly it should be ensured that every university library has a copy. . .' -- Tony Aspromourgos, History of Economics Review `This set of two volumes is a valuable reference tool, convenient in its accessibility, its breadth of coverage, and its brevity of treatment. No economics library collection can afford to be without this anthology.' -- Bogdan Mieczkowski, American Reference Books