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The National System of Political Economy

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Friedrich List was one of the most prominent economic philosophers of the 19th century, on a par with-but espousing quite different thinking than-Karl Marx and Adam Smith. In the three-volume National System of Political Economy, he explores a reasoned doctrine of national and pan-national management of trade, a global collaboration between government and business. Present ...more
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published by A. M. Kelley (first published 1841)
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This edition seems odd (the cover page photo especially), but List's National System of Political Economy is foundational and fundamental, and still very applicable to development today.

"From the period of the emancipation of the Italian cities by Otho the Great, they gave evidence of what history was testified alike in earlier and later times, namely, that freedom and industry are inseparable companions, even although not unfrequently the one has come into existence before the other."
Ern Richardson
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a very witty critique of classical economics.
Emre Poyraz
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, List essentially argues with the Classical School (he calls it "popular school"), especially Smith and Say. He argues that the classical theory is essentially a theory of exchange, not of production. Also, he argues that the productive power of a nation is important than national income, since if you have the former, the latter won't matter much, and if you don't have the former, the latter won't help you much. Consequently he argues that free trade, while increasing national incom ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This particular edition of the book gets two stars knocked off as it is absolutely the worst example of pagination I have ever experienced. It is a product of "Optical Character Recognition" software used by "General Books". This takes typos to an all new level: they are everywhere. Not only paragraphs, but sentences, and even words, are interrupted by notes. Sometimes sentences are interrupted and the last couple words show up 100 pages later. Everything is ugly. It is so bad I'm tempted to kno ...more
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Georg Friedrich List was a leading 19th-century German economist who developed the "National System" or what some would call today the National System of Innovation. He was a forefather of the German historical school of economics, and considered the original European unity theorist whose ideas were the basis for the European Economic Community.

List's principal work is entitled Das Nationale Syste
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