The period between 1767 and 1873 shaped public finance in
Britain (and, by extension, many other countries) as we know it
today, with the major economists of the time providing influential
contributions. Until now, no book has examined and compared the
thought of these 'classical economists' from the perspective of
public finance rather than that of pure theory.
This groundbreaking volume critically analyzes and compares the
writings on government expenditure, taxation and public debt of
thinkers such as Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, David Ricardo and
Thomas Malthus. These key figures are united by their struggles
with fiscal theory - an important feature in the formation and
development of political economy.
An original and intriguing read, this book breathes fresh life
into the history of economic thought. Dome's clear and exciting
arguments will make for essential reading for historians of
economic thought, economic historians and those with an interest in
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