Seville, 26-27 October 2017


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Abstract submission is now open for a conference to be held in Seville on the 26-27 October 2017, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the publication of An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Œconomy (1767). Please send an abstracts of no more than 500 words to José Manuel Menudo, at no later than 15 February 2017 (extended deadline).

The decision on acceptances will be sent to authors by 15 March 2017. The deadline for submission of full papers is 15 September 2017. Papers may be written in English, in Spanish or in French. The scientific committee offers a number of grants to young scholars interested in participating at the Conference.

James Steuart (1713 -1780) published An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Œconomy in 1767, the first systematic treatise on economics as a science, nine years before Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.  The conference aims at discussing different approaches to the analysis of Steuart’s oeuvre within the context of the writings of other 18th-century authors (1680 to 1830). Steuart’s economic thought will be presented as an alternative approach to many key developments in economic theory.

Authors are invited to examine various aspects of the life, works and influence of James Steuart, including his links to other authors who conceive – as Steuart did – the economic system of “natural liberty” as an artificial creation.  Submissions are welcome in areas such as:

  • James Steuart and the World of the Enlightenment. The bank of Amsterdam, the East India Company, the Scottish parliament or the House of Stuart.
  • James Steuart and the physiocrats. Similarities and contrasts or the relationship between Steuart and the members of Quesnay’s group/movement.
  • The diffusion of James Steuart’s works around the world. The reception of Steuart’s ideas and the translation of his works.
  • The authors opposed to Adam Smith’s apologetic stance (in particular the theorists of the 18th and 19th centuries), that there is an invisible hand which coordinates needs and which underpins the unintended social benefits of individual actions.
  • James Steuart and Money. Real price and money price, the anti-quantity theory of money, fiat money and payment systems.
  • James Steuart’s statesman. Subordination and dependence in hierarchical societies, response to social relations that are in continual flux, the duties of an active statesman, the imbalance between supply and demand, and the plan of political economy.