Timing the laws: Rousseau’s theory of development in Corsica

  title={Timing the laws: Rousseau’s theory of development in Corsica},
  author={Hansong Li},
  journal={The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought},
  pages={648 - 679}
  • Hansong Li
  • Published 27 April 2022
  • Economics
  • The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Abstract This paper reinterprets Rousseau’s theory of political and economic development through the lens of time. In his governmental plan for Corsica, Rousseau sees an infirm political body about to heal, grow, and prosper under changing conditions, not a static experiment of autarkic agrarianism. Therefore, Rousseau's prescriptions of a hybrid economy, intergenerational office-holding, and future-oriented defence are themselves designed to evolve over time. Rethinking Rousseau's concept of… 



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