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Pareto's 'Chronicles' in Relation to his Sociology


  • Michael McLure


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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  • Michael McLure, 2010. "Pareto's 'Chronicles' in Relation to his Sociology," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(3), pages 439-458.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:22:y:2010:i:3:p:439-458
    DOI: 10.1080/09538251003665743

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    1. Italo MAGNANI, 2003. "Dibattito tra economisti italiani di fine Ottocento (D. PARISI)," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 111(3), pages 448-451.
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