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Adam Smith: Critical Theorist?

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  • Keith Tribe
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    The bicentenary of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations in 1976 was marked by the publication of a new complete edition of his works and correspondence, bringing together for the first time all extant published and unpublished writings. A basis was thereby provided for serious reconsideration of Adam Smith's work, and since the early 1980s many conventional assumptions concerning Smith's work and contemporary significance have been challenged. This paper surveys the foundations upon which this new, "historical" Adam Smith has been constructed, and assesses the merits of the principal claims which have recently been made for his work.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Literature.

    Volume (Year): 37 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 609-632

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:37:y:1999:i:2:p:609-632

    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.37.2.609
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    1. Anderson, Gary M & Shughart, William F, II & Tollison, Robert D, 1985. "Adam Smith in the Customhouse," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 93(4), pages 740-59, August.
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    1. Alvey, James E., 2003. "Adam Smith'S View Of History: Consistent Or Paradoxical?," Discussion Papers 23710, Massey University, Department of Applied and International Economics.
    2. Mark Blaug, 2001. "No History of Ideas, Please, We're Economists," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 15(1), pages 145-164, Winter.
    3. Edwin West, 2000. "Charles L. Griswold, Jr., Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 104(1), pages 183-191, July.
    4. Esa Mangeloja, 2003. "Application of Economic Concepts on Religious Behavior," Others 0310003, EconWPA.
    5. Menudo, Jose M., 2011. "Market Stability in Adam Smith: Competitive Process and Institutions," MPRA Paper 15361, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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