The Market for Political Economy: The Advent of Economics in British University Culture, 1850-1905

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1993-09-09
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Market for Political Economypresents the first detailed account of the emergence of economics as a university discipline in Britain in the later nineteenth century. The contributors--all historians and economists with considerable research experience in the field--shed light on the history of economics. Although scholars assumed that the complexities of a modern industrial economy would require a greater number of trained economists, this study shows that academic economics actually developed slowly. It was not until the 1920s that businesses and government agencies began to seek employees with academic training in economics. The book traces the development of the teaching of political economy in the second half of the nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on the extension movement, the development of civic universities, and Marshall's work in establishing the Economics tripos at Cambridge. The essays provide a different perspective on the development of adulteducation and the function of university education in a modernizing society. They also focus on the institutional conditions within which economic ideas develop, and their role in shaping economic thought.

Table of Contents

Editorial Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The Teaching of Political Economy in the University of Londonp. 20
Oxford Economics in the Later Nineteenth Centuryp. 42
The Teaching of Political Economy in the Extension Movementp. 78
The Teaching of Economics at the Queen's Colleges in Ireland (Belfast, Cork, Galway), 1845-1900p. 111
Marshall and the Cambridge Economics Triposp. 137
Jevons's Contribution to the Teaching of Political Economy in Manchester and Londonp. 162
Political Economy in the Northern Civic Universitiesp. 184
The City, the Fabians and the Foundation of the London School of Economicsp. 227
Select Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 252
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