“Economic Thought and Institutional Change in France and Italy, 1789–1914 A Comparative Study” (ed. by R. Soliani)

Economic Thought and Institutional Change in France and Italy, 1789–1914. A Comparative Study
Springer, 2017, 221 pp., ISBN 978-3-319-25354-1

Edited by Riccardo Soliani

This book explores the relationship between economic thought, proposals for reform of political institutions, and civil society in the period between the rise to power of Napoleon and the eve of the First World War in Italy and France – two countries with a similar cultural and political tradition and with
personal mobility of the intellectual class. The first section of the book is devoted to the struggle for identity, justice, and liberty, including its economic dimensions. The relation between political and economic freedom and its effect on equity is then addressed in detail, and the third, concluding section focuses on the intellectual and political conflict between the social visions of liberalism and socialism in some of their various forms, again with consideration of the economic implications. The comparative nature of the analysis, combined with its interdisciplinary approach to the history of economic and political thought and social history, will enable the reader to understand more clearly the historical evolution of each country and the relevant contemporary political and economic issues.

Contributors: Edoardo Ciech; Ludovic Frobert; Vitantonio Gioia; Simona Gregori; Enrico Ivaldi;
Letizia Pagliai; Simona Pisanelli; Joel-Thomas Ravix; Andrea Repetto; Riccardo
Soliani; Stefano Spalletti; Abdallah Zouache

Table of contents
Part I Fighting for Identity, Justice and Liberty
Economics and “Civilization” in Gian Domenico Romagnosi
Edoardo Ciech and Riccardo Soliani
Carlo Cattaneo (1801–1869), Lombard Philosopher and Economist, Liberal Beyond Federalism
Enrico Ivaldi, Riccardo Soliani and Andrea Repetto
Liberty, Labour and Human Rights: Institutional Change and the Intellectual Debate on Slavery in France from Condorcet to the Mid-19th Century
Simona Pisanelli
Part II Economic Freedom, Free Trade and Equity
Whose Sismondi? Which Italy? The Reception Italy Gave Sismondi’s Economic Thought 
Letizia Pagliai
A Comparative Analysis of the Relationship Between Friedrich List and French and Italian Culture 
Stefano Spalletti
J.-B. Say: Political Economy and Social Justice 
Riccardo Soliani
Pellegrino Rossi: A New Approach to Liberalism 
Joël-Thomas Ravix
Part III Liberalism and Its Alternatives in Various Declinations
From the People to the Industrialists: Saint-Simon and the Eclipse of Sovereignty 
Simona Gregori
Institutions and Development in Saint-Simonian Political Economy
Abdallah Zouache
An Economic Philosophy for the Republic: Elie Halévy, Alain, André Maurois
Ludovic Frobert
Economics and Sociology Meet Socialism: Sombart, Durkheim and Pareto 
Vitantonio Gioia

Riccardo Soliani is Associate Professor in the History of Economic Thought and Macroeconomics at the School of Social Sciences – Department of Political Science, University of Genoa, Italy; associé to TRIANGLE – UMR 5206. He is a member of STOREP – Associazione Italiana per la Storia dell’Economia Politica. He is in the Scientific Council of the Association Charles Gide pour l’étude de la pensée économique. His main fields of research are the history of economic thought in Continental Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and postkeynesian economics.

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