An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, a Selected Edition

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But, as Andrew Skinner reveals in his introduction to this edition, the real sophistication of The Wealth of Nations lies less in individual areas of economic analysis than in its overall picture of a vast analytical system--a capitalist economy--in which all the parts can be seen simultaneously interacting with each other. In addition, Smith's view of society was not merely an economic one. The Wealth of Nations is far from being an apologia for unregulated business enterprise: Smith was at pains to point out that economic advance can have undesirable social consequences, and that labour which is economically unproductive can be beneficial to society at large.

While it has been pointed to time and again by governments promoting laissez-faire economics, the Wealth of Nations actually shows that Smith viewed capitalism with a deep suspicion. This edition includes generous selections from all five books of the Wealth of Nations and features notes and commentary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192835468
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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