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Adam Smith’s natural liberty system
Adam Smith’s natural liberty system

Author(s): Janina Godłów-Legiędź
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Economy, Political Theory, Political economy, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Instytut Nauk Ekonomicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Adam Smith; liberty; justice; liberalism; John Nash

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to show the falsity of the dominant perception of Adam Smith’s doctrine. In the context of different interpretations, the paper draws attention to four issues. Firstly, the formalistic revolution in economics contributed to ignoring the institutional dimension of the market mechanism. Secondly, the idea of natural liberty emerged as a reaction to the mercantilist policy and was directed not against the sovereign as such but against policies advancing particular interests. Thirdly, the liberty was to serve not only the capital and the employer but, above all, the labor and the employee. Fourthly, the Smithian market order is a form of metacoordination, hence John Nash's game theory cannot prove Smith's ideas wrong.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 47-70
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English