A History of the Moral Economy – Markets, Custom and the Philosophy of Popular Entitlement

Author(s): John R. Owen

Society & Culture

The term 'moral economy' has been used to demonstrate strong philosophical opposition to neoclassical economics. Over a millennium and across a spectrum of thinkers, it has been maintained that the economy always had, and indeed should always have, a moral foundation. In this timely work Owen retrieves from the history of economic thought a tradition of economic reasoning founded upon popular right, customary entitlement and commercial justice. For social scientists concerned with using 'moral economy' to counter the ethical claims of neo-classical economics, the thinkers examined in this work provide a necessary and illuminating starting point.


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  • : 9781921509247
  • : Australian Scholarly Publishing
  • : Australian Scholarly Publishing
  • : January 2009
  • : books

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  • : John R. Owen
  • : Paperback
  • : 290