Classical political Economy

Classical political economy is characterized by the systemic study of economic forces. Primarily concerned with the dynamics of economic growth, the classical economists sought to explain how and why wealth is created and destroyed. Their study found the role of institutions central in answering this question and as a result, stressed the importance of laissez-faire, free trade, and free competition. This entry reviews the history and basic elements of classical political economy, some of the criticisms that have been raised, and the impact of classical political economy on economic policy.

The Emergence of Classical Political Economy

The discipline of political economy was born in the eighteenth century as a branch of moral philosophy. Prior to that time, various thinkers from Aristotle to Aquinas, from the Spanish Scholastics ...

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