Popular Political Economy

About this Collection

The following works were written to explain economic ideas to a popular audience. They span a time frame from the late 1820s, when the expansion of the franchise in Britain required an electorate better informed on economic matters, to the present. The title for this Topic comes from one of the earliest practitioners, the ex-British naval officer Thomas Hodgskin, who delivered a series of 4 lectures in 1827 entitled Popular Political Economy at the London Mechanics Institution (a working class organization which was formed to further the education of its members).