The Paradox of Democratic Capitalism: Politics and Economics in American Thought

The Paradox of Democratic Capitalism: Politics and Economics in American Thought

by David F. Prindle
     
 

A truly interdisciplinary enterprise, The Paradox of Democratic Capitalism examines the interplay of ideas about politics, economics, and law in American society from the pre-revolutionary era to the eve of the September 11 attacks. David F. Prindle argues that while the United States was founded on liberalism, there is constant tension between two ideals of

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A truly interdisciplinary enterprise, The Paradox of Democratic Capitalism examines the interplay of ideas about politics, economics, and law in American society from the pre-revolutionary era to the eve of the September 11 attacks. David F. Prindle argues that while the United States was founded on liberalism, there is constant tension between two ideals of the liberal tradition: capitalism and democracy.

Tracing the rise of natural law doctrine from neoclassical economics, Prindle examines the influence of economic development in late medieval society on the emergence of classical liberalism in early America and likens that influence to the impact of orthodox economics on contemporary American society.

Prindle also evaluates political, economic, and legal ideas through the lens of his own beliefs. He warns against the emerging extremes of liberal ideology in contemporary American politics, where the right's definition of capitalism excludes interference from democratic publics and the left's definition of democracy excludes a market-based economy.

Editorial Reviews

Public Choice - Randall G. Holcombe
By the time I got to the last chapter, I already liked the book... very worthwhile for scholars... will be interesting and informative for many readers.

Political Studies Review - Rachel Turner
Overall this is an excellent book that offers authoritative and new insights into the history of American thought.

Public Choice
By the time I got to the last chapter, I already liked the book... very worthwhile for scholars... will be interesting and informative for many readers.

— Randall G. Holcombe

Political Studies Review
Overall this is an excellent book that offers authoritative and new insights into the history of American thought.

— Rachel Turner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801884115
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

James Morone
My hat's off to David Prindle. This work is graceful, authoritative, insightful, synthetic, shrewd, magisterial, and fun to read. Prindle leaps over the wall separating economics, politics, and legal thinking, writing a synthetic history that traces these three themes and—crucially—the many ways they have interacted with each other. An astonishingly ambitious and powerful study.

Meet the Author

David F. Prindle is a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.

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