Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics


Call for papers: Classical Liberalism in Econ, by Country

We invite proposals for papers on the status of classical liberalism in the economics profession in a particular country, to be published as a symposium in a future issue of Econ Journal Watch. Tell us which country you propose to write about, how you would go about doing it, what you’d expect to say, and why you are qualified to write such a paper. Send communications/​proposals to the chief editor Daniel Klein at

In proposing or undertaking such a submission, consider the following suggestions:

  • Tell a little about the country’s tradition of classical liberal economics, the trajectory, the ups and downs. Who have been the central players?
  • Tell a little about the overall tenor of academic economics in the country. Does it have a mainstream? Is it generally congenial to classical liberalism? Is it hostile?
  • In what ways does it differ significantly from professional economics in the United States?
  • What are the most significant centers, departments, networks of classical liberal economics? Who are the notable individuals?
  • How did the centers and departments develop? Are they well accepted? Are they under attack?
  • Are there classical liberal economists in the public discourse? Are some outside academia?

Authors should temper impulses to use the assignment unduly as an opportunity for in-group promotion or self-congratulation.

Submissions will be externally refereed by economists from the country, and not only by classical liberal economists. Submissions should be between 3000 and 10,000 words.

UPDATE: As of September 2018, eighteen articles have been published in the series. They are accessible here.

Below we shall maintain a list of countries for which we have received promising contact from individuals who are intending to write about the named country, or pondering doing so. But even if your country is listed below, do still contact us, as the plan for those countries is not necessarily set, and collaboration is possible:

  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Romania

We shall keep this listing current. If your country is not listed here, and has not been already covered, you can get first dibs. We welcome your contact!