The Physiocrats, The Antiphysiocrats, and Pfeiffer in Particular

  • Jürgen G. Backhaus
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 10)


Physiocracy was probably the shortest lived school in the history of economic thought. While of obvious advantage in France to point out the pitfalls and costs of Colbertism, across the Rhine Physiocracy was not a step ahead, as it replaced Cameralism with its wise and comprehensive policy doctrines. For this reason, Physiocracy in the German literature has its greatest impact in provoking Antiphysiocracy. In this volume, Physiocracy is immediately paired with Antiphysiocracy, and with the unique figure of Johann Friederich (von) Pfeiffer (1718–1787).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Krupp Chair in Public Finance and Fiscal SociologyUniversity of ErfurtErfurtGermany

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