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The Scottish Political Economy Tradition


  • Dow, Sheila C


Political economy is attracting renewed interest, given the crisis in orthodox economics. This artic le focuses on the Scottish tradition in political economy, which took its character from the style of reasoning engendered by the Enlighte nment, and the issues, moral and practical, to which that reasoning w as addressed. It is style of reasoning and method of enquiry which de fine a school of thought, and it is at this level that the Scottish t radition can most effectively be revived to address current issues. T he paper highlights the role of the education system in fostering par ticular modes of thought. Copyright 1987 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Dow, Sheila C, 1987. "The Scottish Political Economy Tradition," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 34(4), pages 335-348, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:34:y:1987:i:4:p:335-48

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    1. Flavio Comim, 2002. "The Scottish Tradition in Economics and the Role of Common Sense in Adam Smith's Thought," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(1), pages 91-114.
    2. Gordon Burt, 1997. "Cultural Convergence in Historical Cultural Space-Time," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 21(4), pages 291-305, December.

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