The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Attwood, Thomas (1783–1856)

  • B. A. Corry
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In British social and political history the name of Thomas Attwood is usually connected with the Birmingham Political Union, of which he was a founder, and hence the part that movement played in the peaceful enactment of the great Reform Act of 1832. Later he was also associated with the Chartist movement. However, Attwood also has a place in the history of economic thought as an early exponent of anti-classical monetary and macroeconomic ideas and as the leading member of the so-called Birmingham School.


Attwood, M. Attwood, T. Birmingham School Chartism Cobbett, W. Full employment Mill, J. S. Paper currency Ricardo, D. 

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