Dr Ryan Walter

Senior Lecturer (Political Economy)

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
r.walter1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58210

Overview

I worked briefly as a professional economist before returning to university to complete a PhD in the history of economic thought, later published as A Critical History of the Economy (Routledge, 2011). I am currently studying the emergence of the economist as a distinctive intellectual persona, focusing on the British case, which naturally directs attention to Adam Smith, Thomas Robert Malthus, and David Ricardo. The tenedency for the history of economic thoguht to be written in a retrospective idiom has obscured the fact that the first economists were greeted with open hostility by important sections of their society. One of the leading reasons was that the activity 'theorising' had not been established as a prestigious art, and the presumption of intellectuals to advocate the reform of their socities on the basis of theory was often perceived as an instance of philosophical enthusiasm, an intellectual pathology. The long-range hypothesis to test in future work is that the manner in which political economy emerged as a distinct science in the nineteenth century made it exceedingly difficult to stabilise the office of the economist in relation to government, and that the nature of this office has been an object of contest inside and outside economics ever since. Provisional results have been published in Modern Intellectual History and Intellectual History Review.

Research Interests

  • History of economic thought
  • History of political thought

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics, Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Murdoch University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University

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