The economy and Pocock's political economy

Walter, Ryan (2008) The economy and Pocock's political economy. History of European Ideas, 34 3: 334-344. doi:10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2007.12.010

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Author Walter, Ryan
Title The economy and Pocock's political economy
Journal name History of European Ideas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-6599
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2007.12.010
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 334
End page 344
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Subject 21 History and Archaeology
2103 Historical Studies
Abstract In his histories of political discourse, Pocock has construed political economy as a prime site for hostile responses to the dilapidating effects of commerce on the virtue of citizens. In this paper, I dispute two aspects of Pocock's treatment of this terrain. The first is the criteria he uses to identify the constitution of political economy, which are vague and make no reference to the emergence of ‘the economy’ as a sphere distinct from the state. The second, and closely related complaint, is that by conscripting earlier writings on trade as anticipations of political economy their historical specificity is effaced, resulting in anachronism of the very kind Pocock has typically tried to correct. I conclude by drawing out some general implications for the historiography of political economy. Copyright © 2007 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
Keyword Cambridge School
Political economy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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