Defunct Economists and Practical Preachers: The Anti-Corn Law League


In contemporary democracies, it seems virtually impossible for classical liberal proposals to secure victory. This conference looked at the success of the Anti–Corn Law League as a case study in free-market policy success.


Conference Readings

Hartwell, R. M. Ideas, Interests, & Consequences. Edited by Andrew Gamble. London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 1989.

Cobden, Richard. Free Trade and Other Fundamental Doctrines of the Manchester School. Edited by Francis W. Hirst. London: Harper and Brothers, 1903. (accessed May 6, 2015).

Bastiat, Frédéric. Selected Essays in Political Economy. Edited by George B. de Huszar. Irvington-on-Hudson: Foundation for Economic Education, 1995. (accessed January 18, 2010).

Davies, Stephen. “Richard Cobden: Ideas and Strategies in Organizing the Free-Trade Movement in Britain.” Online Library of Liberty. (May 6, 2015).

Gordon, Scott. “The London ’Economist’ and the High Tide of Laissez Faire.” Journal of Political Economy 63, no. 6 (December 1955): 461-488.

Grampp, William D. The Manchester School of Economics. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1960. (accessed May 6, 2015).

Hodgskin, Thomas. A Lecture on Free Trade, In Connexion with the Corn Laws, 1843. London: G. J. Palmer, 1843.

Irwin, Douglas. “Political Economy and Peel's Repeal of the Corn Laws.” Economics and Politics 1, no. 1 (1989): 41-59.

McCloskey, D. N. Enterprise and Trade in Victorian Britain: Essays in Historical Economics. London: Allen & Unwin, 1981.

McCloskey, Deirdre N. Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

McCord, Norman. The Anti-Corn Law League 1838-1846. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Trentmann, Frank. Free Trade Nation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.