Warren J. Samuels: Intellectual Historian of Economics

Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 31-A (2013), Forthcoming

24 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2013

See all articles by Ross B. Emmett

Ross B. Emmett

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for the Study of Economic Liberty; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: July 10, 2013

Abstract

The late Warren J. Samuels saw intellectual history as an integral part of his economic scholarship. As an intellectual history he sought to elucidate a past economist’s general theory of economic policy in order to assess the relevance of that policy approach to contemporary settings. For Samuels, a general theory was the background valuation system by which alternative policies were judged. Samuels’ analyses of the Physiocrats, the classical economists, Pareto, and the Chicago School are stories of contest and negotiation over both the nature of the economic order and the power relations that it creates.

Keywords: Warren Samuels, history of economic thought, intellectual history, historiography, general theory of economic policy

JEL Classification: B00, B25, B31

Suggested Citation

Emmett, Ross B., Warren J. Samuels: Intellectual Historian of Economics (July 10, 2013). Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 31-A (2013), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2307130 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2307130

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