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The Neomercantilists: A Global Intellectual History

Eric Helleiner


At a time when critiques of free trade policies are gaining currency, this book helps make sense of the protectionist turn, providing the first intellectual history of the genealogy of neomercantilism. The book identifies many pioneers of this ideology between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries who backed strategic protectionism and other forms of government economic activism to promote state wealth and power. They included not just the famous Friedrich List, but also numerous lesser-known thinkers, many of whom came from outside of the West. The book's emphasis on neomercantili ... More

Keywords: neomercantilism, international political economy, free trade policy, protectionism, Friedrich List, thinkers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501760129
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501760129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Helleiner, author
University of Waterloo