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The Scottish Political Economy Tradition

Sheila Dow

Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 1987, vol. 34, issue 4, 335-48

Abstract: 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.

Date: 1987
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