Emeritus Professor of the History of Economics
University of Bristol
Department of Economics, University of Bristol, 8 Woodland Road,
Bristol BS8 1TN, England.
Telephone: (+44/0) 117 331 0521
Fax: (+44/0) 117 928 8577
Office 3C2, no regular office hours: contact me by e-mail to arrange a time
My research is now focused on the history of economics, though I have
in the past published in other areas, including the economics of technical change, the
economics of labour managed firms, and international economics. I have
published three books and various articles and reviews in journals and edited
volumes. I am Vice-President of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought, I am on the editorial advisory board of History of Political
Economy, History of Economic Ideas, and the Journal of the History of
Economic Thought, and have held visiting posts at Duke University (North
Carolina) and at Chuo University (Tokyo). I maintain a set of Web documents for the
history of economics.
Some documents are available as .pdf files. Acrobat reader is needed -
download it free from here.
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century economics, the history of theories of
growth and technical change.
- The Making of the Classical Theory of Economic Growth. Abingdon: Routledge,2010.
- Richard Cantillon: Pioneer
of Economic Theory. London: Routledge, 1992.
- Marxist Theories of
Imperialism, a Critical Survey (second, revised edition). London:
Routledge, 1990. Japanese translation by S. Shibuya and A. Ichii, retitled
as Sekai Keizai to Marukusu Keizaigaku (World Economy and Marxist
Economics), with new preface, Tokyo: Chuo University Press, 1991.
- A Guide to Marx's Capital.
Cambridge University Press, 1984. Chinese translation by Song Hai-Yan, Tianjin,
- Marxist Theories of
Imperialism, a Critical Survey. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul,
Articles (since 1995)
- The Concept of an Agricultural Surplus, from Petty to Smith. Journal of the History of Economics, forthcoming 2011.
Irish Connection and the Birth of Political Economy: Petty and Cantillon.
In Ireland and Political
Economy: Towards a History of Irish Economic Thought, ed. T.
Boylan, R. Prendergast and J. Turner, London: Routledge, 2010.
- Assessments of Alfred
Marshall's place in the history of economic thought. In the Elgar
Companion to Alfred Marshall, ed T. Raffaelli. Cheltenham: Edward
- On the Other (Invisible) Hand ... History of Political Economy, 41.3, 2009, pp. 319-44.
In The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd ed., ed. L. Blume
and S. Durlauf, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
- Let Us
Now Praise Famous Men: Assessments of Adam Smith's Economics. Adam Smith
Review, 3, 2007, pp. 161–86.
- Political Economy. In the Routledge
Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Thought, ed. G.Claeys, Routledge,
- Pre-classical economics in
Britain. In the Blackwell Companion to the History of Economic Thought,
ed. Jeff Biddle, John Davis and Warren Samuels, Blackwell, forthcoming.
- The Marxist tradition in the
History of Economics. History of Political Economy, annual supplement to Vol 34, 2002, pp. 361–77.
- Legacies and Traditions in
Economics (review essay on 'The Pillars of Economis Understanding: Ideas
and Traditions' by M. Perlman and C. R. McCann Jr.), Research in the
History of Economic Thought and Methodology, 19A, 2001, pp. 229-40.
- Introduction. In Richard
Cantillon, Essay on the Nature of Commerce in General, Rutgers, N.J.:
Transaction Publishers, 2001.
- Imperialism in retrospect. In
The Political Economy of Imperialism: Critical Appraisals, ed. R.
Chilcote, Kluwer Academic, 1999, pp. 65-84 (Chinese translation
forthcoming, Chinese academy of Social Sciences).
- Adam Smith on classes and
saving. In From Classical Economics to the Theory of the Firm: Essays
in Honour of D. P. O'Brien, ed. R. Backhouse and J. Creedy,
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1999, pp. 120-38.
- Adam Ferguson, Adam Smith,
and the Concept of Economic Growth. History of Political Economy,
31, 1999, pp. 237-54.
- Adam Smith on the
relationship between town and country: pitfalls in the use of formal
models in the history of economics. History of Economic Ideas,
1998, 6.2, pp. 141-9.
- Marx, Karl. In H. Kurz and N.
Salvadori (eds), The Elgar Companion to Classical Economics,
Aldershot: Edward Elgar, vol 2, 1998, pp. 84-9.
- Invention. In D. Mair, C.
Lee, and O. Hamouda (eds), The Economics of John Rae. London:
Routledge, 1998, pp. 129-43.Available as a .pdf file.
- Luxury and economic
development: David Hume and Adam Smith. Scottish Journal of Political
Economy, 45, 1997, pp. 78-98.
- Alfred Marshall, (review
article). Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology,
15, 1997, pp. 265-76.
- An eighteenth century view of
economic development: Hume and Steuart. European Journal of the History
of Economic Thought, 4, 1997 pp. 1-22. Available as a .pdf file.
- The concept of growth in
eighteenth century economics. History of Political Economy, 27,
1995, pp. 609-38.
- Rent and profit in the Wealth
of Nations. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 42, 1995,
- A minor post-Ricardian? Marx
as an economist. History of Political Economy, 27, 1995, pp.