John Stuart Mill: Political economist

Samuel Hollander

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John Stuart Mill: Political Economist is a revised version of the part of Samuel Hollander’s The Economics of John Stuart Mill (1985) treating the theory of economic policy. In this book, Professor Hollander offers a critical yet sympathetic analysis of Mill’s quest to accomplish thorough reform of capitalism in the interest of distributive justice while protecting the security of property and contemplating the potential evolution of capitalism into cooperative organization. Part I of the book serves as an introduction to the investigation of Mill’s theory of economic policy; Parts II and III include Mill’s primary policy recommendations; while Part IV adds a substantial "Overview and Evaluation" reviewing the author’s main conclusions. A major concern is Mill’s perception of the composition of the "greatest number" whose interests are to be considered by policy-makers; here arises his attitude towards British Imperialism. The author then undertakes thematic comparisons between the positions of Mill and those of Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Marx and Bernstein; and closes with a rejection of the celebrated criticism of Mill’s "liberalism" by Friedrich Hayek.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages573
ISBN (Electronic)9789814663984
ISBN (Print)9789814663977
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • General Social Sciences


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