A history of irish economic thought

Thomas Boylan*, Renee Prendergast, John D. Turner

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this book the contributors redress this glaring omission in the history of political economy, for the first time providing an overview of developments in Irish political economy from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Logistically this is achieved through the provision of individual contributions from a group of recognised experts, both Irish and international, who address the contribution of major historical figures in Irish political economy along the analysis of major thematic issues, schools of thought and major policy debates within the Irish context over this extended period.

This volume goes beyond a discussion of Irish economists in relation to Ireland-specific economic issues to recognise the contribution of Irish economists to economic thought more generally. It is a comprehensive overview that will be of interest to researchers and students of economic thought and Irish history alike.

For a country that can boast a distinguished tradition of political economy from Sir William Petty through Swift, Berkeley, Hutcheson, Burke and Cantillon through to that of Longfield, Cairnes, Bastable, Edgeworth, Geary and Gorman, it is surprising that no systematic study of Irish political economy has been undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages340
ISBN (Print)9780203846322
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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