The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Manchester School

  • William D. Grampp
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The Manchester School was the name given by Disraeli after the event to the leaders of the successful agitation conducted between 1838 and 1846 to abolish the Corn Laws. It is wrongly associated with the arch-advocacy of laissez-faire. The people of the School were not in fact united by any single idea, other than believing in the complete and immediate repeal of the tariff on grain.


Anti-Corn Law League Bright, J. Cobden, R. Corn Laws Free trade Manchester School Navigation Laws Philosophic radicalism 

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