The birth of the political economy or the economy in the heart of politics: Mercantilism

Abstract : Mercantilism is a set of precepts concerning economic policy. It places the State at the heart of national economic development. Wealth is conceived as serving power. Mercantilists share a static conception of international economic relations, considering that one country can only enrich itself to the detriment pf another. It is a true theory of economic war. However the development of mercantilism shows a progressive transition of economic towards a lower consideration of political aspects.
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Jacques Fontanel, Jean-Paul Hébert, Ivan Samson. The birth of the political economy or the economy in the heart of politics: Mercantilism. Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2008, War and Peace Issues in the History of Economic Thought, 19 (5), pp.331-338. ⟨10.1080/10242690802354279⟩. ⟨hal-02059663⟩

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