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The wealth of nations : the economics classic : a selected edition for the contemporary reader

Author: Adam Smith
Publisher: Chichester : Capstone, 2010.
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Political economy had been studied long before Adam Smith. But Wealth of Nations (1776) established it for the first time as a separate science. Smith based his arguments on vast historical knowledge, and developed his principles with remarkable clarity. What set this work apart was its statement of the doctrine of natural liberty. Smith believed that 'man's self-interest is God's providence' - that if government  Read more...
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Smith, Adam, 1723-1790.
Wealth of nations.
Chichester : Capstone, 2010
(OCoLC)657028948
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Smith
ISBN: 9780857080905 0857080903
OCLC Number: 680291628
Description: 1 online resource (li, 364 pages)
Contents: The Wealth of Nations; CONTENTS; Foreword by Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute; Preface by Razeen Sally, Co-Director of the ECIPE; An Introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon; Notes on the Text; About Tom Butler-Bowdon; CONTENTS; Introduction And Plan Of The Work; Book I. Of the Causes of Improvement In the Productive Powers of Labour, and of the Order According to Which Its Produce Is Naturally Distributed Among the Different Ranks of the People; Book II. Of The Nature, Accumulation, And Employment Of Stock; Introduction.
Other Titles: Inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.
Economics classic
Responsibility: Adam Smith ; with an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon.

Abstract:

Political economy had been studied long before Adam Smith. But Wealth of Nations (1776) established it for the first time as a separate science. Smith based his arguments on vast historical knowledge, and developed his principles with remarkable clarity. What set this work apart was its statement of the doctrine of natural liberty. Smith believed that 'man's self-interest is God's providence' - that if government abstained from interfering with free competition, the invisible hand of capitalism would emerge from the competing claims of individual self-interest. Industrial problems would be resolved and maximum efficiency reached. After more than two centuries, Smith's work still stands as the best statement and defence of the fundamental principles of capitalism.

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