"Plundering the liberal philosophical tradition"? The use or abuse of Adam Smith in Parliament, 1919-2023

Greene, Z., Jasinski, J. M., Roy, G. , Schober, T. and Scotto, T. J. (2023) "Plundering the liberal philosophical tradition"? The use or abuse of Adam Smith in Parliament, 1919-2023. National Institute Economic Review, (doi: 10.1017/nie.2023.23) (Early Online Publication)

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The contemporary relevance of Adam Smith is evidenced by continued reference to his name. Computational analysis identifies over 700 mentions of Smith and his two famous works—The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations—in post-World War 1 House of Commons debates. We find some parliamentarians appreciate Smith’s complex ideas, but most references are ‘ornamental’. Charting Smith’s use over the decades, this paper builds on Kirk Willis’ idea that studying parliamentary debates are an ideal way to understand how, at best, policy ideas, germinate and disseminate over time, or, at worst, how ‘complex ideas became slogans’.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Adam smith, Hansard, parliamentary debates, history of economic thought, parliamentary speeches, ornamentalism, Wealth of Nations.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jasinski, Mr Jan and Roy, Professor Graeme and Scotto, Professor Thomas
Authors: Greene, Z., Jasinski, J. M., Roy, G., Schober, T., and Scotto, T. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:National Institute Economic Review
Publisher:Cambridge University Press on behalf of National Institute Economic Review
ISSN (Online):1741-3036
Published Online:07 November 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright: © The Author(s) 2023
First Published:First published in National Institute Economic Review 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
Data DOI:10.7910/DVN/QITLYJ

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