Popular Political Economy. Four lectures delivered at the London Mechanics Institution
Thomas Hodgskin, an officer in the British Navy who left and subsequently worked for The Economist, was one of the earliest popularizers of economics for audiences of non-economists. He gave lectures on free trade, the corn laws, and labor to “mechanics institutes” (which we might now call adult education groups) even before Jane Haldimand Marcet wrote pamphlets for similar groups. Hodgskin passionately cared about the concerns of laborers after his experience with the maltreatment of sailors. His discussions of the labor theory of value followed up on David Ricardo and pre-dated John Stuart Mill’s expositions on similar themes.
Popular Political Economy. Four lectures delivered at the London Mechanics Institution (London: Charles and William Tait, 1827).
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Table of Contents
- TO GEORGE BIRKBECK, ESQ. M.D., F.C.S., M.A.S.
- POPULAR POLITICAL ECONOMY, &c.
- INTRODUCTION. OBJECT AND SCOPE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY.
- BOOK I.: NATURAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH INFLUENCE THE PRODUCTIVE POWER OF LABOUR.
- CHAPTER I: MENTAL AND BODILY LABOUR.—PRODUCTIVE LABOUR.
- CHAPTER II: INFLUENCE OF OBSERVATION AND KNOWLEDGE.
- CHAPTER III: NATURAL LAWS WHICH REGULATE THE PROGRESS OF SOCIETY IN KNOWLEDGE.
- CHAPTER IV: INFLUENCE OF THE DIVISION OF LABOUR.
- CHAPTER V: CAUSES WHICH GIVE RISE TO, AND LIMIT, DIVISION OF LABOUR.
- CHAPTER VI: TERRITORIAL DIVISION OF LABOUR. LIMIT TO DIVISION OF LABOUR FROM THE NATURE OF EMPLOYMENTS.
- CHAPTER VII: TRADE.
- CHAPTER VIII: MONEY.
- CHAPTER IX: PRICES.
- CHAPTER X: EFFECTS OF THE ACCUMULATION OF CAPITAL.