2017 års Heckscherföreläsning: Reconstructing Adam Smith’s Politics

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Welcome to the Eli F. Heckscher lecture 2017 with speaker Professor Barry Weingast.

Professor Barry Weingast, Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science, Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Weingast’s main research interests are the political foundation of markets, economic reform, and regulation. He has written extensively on problems of political economy of development, federalism and decentralization, legal institutions and the rule of law, and democracy.

He has published numerous academic books and papers in professional journals, and he has been given many academic honors, awards and grants.

In his Violence and Social Orders, A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History (2009), co authored with Douglass C. North and John Joseph Wallis, he integrates the problem of violence into social science, and explains historically how economic and political behavior are closely linked.

In recent years Adam Smith’s contributions to the principles of constitutionalism and the rule of law in the market economy has been a major interest.

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The Heckscher Lecture is held each year to honor Professor Eli F. Heckscher and his work. Heckscher was active at the Stockholm School of Economics as an economist and economic- historian and he was a leading scholar in those subjects for half a century. His work was mainly focused on economic theory and methods, Swedish economic history and institutional economic analyses. He is most famous for co-developing the Heckscher-Ohlin theorem in international economics.

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