The age of the universal consumer: a reconsideration of Ricardo's politics

@article{Peach1997TheAO,
  title={The age of the universal consumer: a reconsideration of Ricardo's politics},
  author={T. Peach},
  journal={European Journal of The History of Economic Thought},
  year={1997},
  volume={4},
  pages={217-236}
}
  • T. Peach
  • Published 1997
  • Economics
  • European Journal of The History of Economic Thought
This paper reconsiders Ricardo's political thought, its relationship with his political economy and, more generally, Ricardo's connection with the 'philosophical radicalism' of Bentham and James Mill. It is arguedinter alia, that Ricardo's politics were utilitarian and individualistic; that he developed a notion of a shared, homogeneous interest; that he believed that individuals should know their 'real' interests as a condition for their suffrage; and that he subscribed to a doctrine of… Expand
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