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Pareto's 'Chronicles' in Relation to his Sociology

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    The 'second series' of the Giornale degli Economisti commenced in 1890 and established itself as the leading Italian vehicle for the dissemination of the new marginalist economics. From 1891 it also included a special feature entitled 'cronaca', which critically chronicled practical developments in Italian public policy, public finances and the state of the economy. Vilfredo Pareto was the regular author of the chronicles between 1893 and 1897. This study provides the context necessary for an appreciation of the juxtaposition evident in Pareto's chronicles between his radical-liberal critique of leading Italian politicians and his relatively gentle commentary on some Italian leaders associated with the extreme left. It also identifies attributes from Pareto's chronicles that extended, albeit in a modified form, to his 1916 Trattato di Sociologia Generale. In both instances: the actual political world is characterised on a similar basis; criticism is undertaken on a brutal, sarcastic and often polemic manner; and the left-right political divide is treated as a relatively low-order issue.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Political Economy.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 439-458

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