Population and Political Economy from Montesquieu to Malthus and Beyond

Thursday, 23 January 2020

9.15-9.30 introduction

Paul Cheney (Chicago), “Montesquieu as Dependency Theorist? An Exercise in Simultaneous Contrast”

comment & chair: Michael Sonenscher (Cambridge)


Niall O’Flaherty (London), “Poverty and Politics in Malthus’s Essay on the Principle of Population (1803)”

comment & chair: Iain McDaniel (Sussex)

11.00-11.30 break

Radek Szymański (Lausanne), “General Elements of the Police of the State, or The Spirit of Legislation Revisited: The Science of Legislation and the Art of Government”

Auguste Bertholet (Lausanne), “The Spirit of Legislation as object of opposition to republican gouvernements”

Aris Della Fontana (Lausanne/Pisa), “Helvetia Mediatrix? Jean Bertrand’s Esprit de la Législation as a Handbook for Italian Reformers”

comment: Richard Whatmore (St Andrews)

chair: Damiano Bardelli (Lausanne)

12.45-14.15 lunch

Cailean Gallagher (St Andrews), “The San Domingo Plot: James Steuart on Property, Poverty, and a Plan for a ‘Free Government'”

Amy Westwell (St Andrews), “A Substance for a Shadow: The Anglo-French Commercial Treaty of 1786”

Lasse Andersen (St Andrews), “Principles of Population and Productivity: The Large Farm-Small Farm Debate in 19th Century Political Economy”

comment: Béla Kapossy (Lausanne)

chair: Damiano Bardelli (Lausanne)

15.30-16.00 break

Graham Clure (Lausanne), “From Poland to America: Rousseau and Du Pont de Nemours on Manufacturing and Agriculture”

comment & chair: Paul Cheney (Chicago)


Lina Weber (St Andrews), “Setting Britain to rights: Dugald Stewart and Physiocracy”

comment & chair: Niall O’Flaherty (London)


concluding roundtable

chair: Béla Kapossy (Lausanne)

The workshop will take place in the New Seminar Room, St John’s House, School of History, 67 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QW.

If you would like to attend, please register with Lina Weber ([email protected]) before 14 January 2020.


Organisers: Béla Kapossy, Graham Clure, Lina Weber, Richard Whatmore.