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Sismondi’s Political Economy: Translating Power into Sociability

  • Francesca Dal Degan
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought book series (PHET)

Abstract

Dal Degan focuses on the concept of sociability—a bridge concept that reveals its nodal nature between moral and anthropological theory, politics and political economy—in order to penetrate Sismondi’s scientific discourse. Pointing out the importance that Sismondi attributed to structural elements such as distribution of property, participative institutions, different systems of production and organization of time, as well as to non-material factors concerning the form of interpersonal relationships, the chapter emphasizes the critical role of Sismondi’s economic analysis and its role in unravelling the oxymoronic nature of modern freedom. The outcome of these inquiries, in thousands of pages, makes up the material of Sismondi’s social science.

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  • Francesca Dal Degan
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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