European Society for the History of Economic Thought

Best Book & Blanqui Lectures

The Blanqui lecture is named in honor of Jérôme-Adolphe Blanqui, author of Histoire de l'économie politique en Europe depuis les anciens jusqu'à nos jours (Paris, Guillaumin, 1837), which may be regarded as the first textbook published on the history of economic thought.

The BEST MONOGRAPH AWARD is for the best book (not necessarily written in English) in the history of economic thought published during 2022 or 2023. The author can be from any part of the world. The winner will be invited to attend the Society Conference that follows the announcement of the prize to deliver the Jérôme-Adolphe Blanqui Lecture. Note that, in supplement, the Council can also give a BEST SCHOLARLY EDITION AWARD.


Nominations should be sent as soon as possible, but not later than 30 December 2023 to the Chair of the relevant panel: Renee Prendergast (

Please note also the following points:

Self-nominations are not accepted.
Nominations should include:
(i) Full bibliographic details of the book.
(ii) A short statement (in English) of why the book merits being considered for a prize.
(iii) An electronic copy of the book, if this is available.

The final decision on the prize will be made by the Council of ESHET in Graz

Rules for Awards
- No current member of the Council, Executive Committee or Senate is eligible for an academic prize or grant awarded by ESHET.
- Nobody can receive more than one award of the Society for the same work.
- Any member of an awarding committee needs to declare the extent of his/her institutional connections and/or extent of collaboration with the persons eligible for academic prizes.


Winners of the past editions

Author: Glory LIU 
Title: Adam Smith’s America 
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2022 
2024 Best Scholarly edition
Title: Albert O Hirschman, The Postwar Economic Order 
Edited by: Michele ALACEVICH and Pier Francesco ASSO 
Publisher: Columbia University Press, 2022 
Authors: Ivo MAES and Ilaria PASOTTI
Title: Robert Triffin: A Life
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2021
Author: Keith Tribe
Title: Constructing Economic science: The invention  of a Discipline, 1850-1950
Publisher: Oxford Studies in the History of Economics, 2021

Authors: Caroline Oudin-Bastide and Philippe Steiner
Title: Calculation and Morality: The Costs of Slavery and the Value of Emancipation in the French Antilles 
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2019

Author: Pierre Dockès
Title: Le Capitalisme et ses rythmes
Publisher: Classiques Garnier, 2019

Author: Arnaud Orain
Title: La politique du merveilleux. Une autre histoire du Système de Law
Publisher: Paris: Fayard, 2018

Authors: Andrej Svorencík and Harro Maas 
Title: The Making of Experimental Economics: Witness Seminar of the Emergence of a Field
Publisher: Heidelberg, Springer, 2016

2018 Best Scholarly edition
Title: Jean-Claude-Léonard Simonde de Sismondi, Oeuvres économiques complètes,
Edited by: Pascal Bridel, Francesca Dal Degan and Nicolas Eyguesier
Publisher: Paris: Economica, 2017

Author: Philippe Steiner
Title: Donner… Une histoire de l’altruisme
Publisher: Presses Universitaires de France, 2016

Author: François Allisson
Title: Value and Prices in Russian Economic Thought. A journey inside de Russian synthesis, 1890-1920
Publisher: Routledge, 2015

Author: Sergio Cremaschi
Title: Utilitarianism and Malthus's Virtue Ethics. Respectable, virtuous and happy
Publisher: Routledge, 2014

Authors: Roger Backhouse & Mauro Boianovsky
Title: Transforming Modern Macroeconomics. Exploring Disequilibrium microfoundations, 1956-2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2013
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2014 Best scholarly edition
Title: The Bretton Woods Transcripts
Edited by: Kurt Schuler and Andrew Rosenberg
Publisher: Center for Financial Stability, New York, 2012

(i) Author: Malcolm Rutherford 
Title: The Institutionalist Movement in American Economics, 1918-1947: Science and Social Control
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2011
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(ii) Author: Mary Morgan
Title: The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2012

2013 Best scholarly edition
Henri Saint-Simon. Œuvres complètes. Introduction, notes et commentaires par Juliette Grange, Pierre Musso, Philippe Régnier et Frank Yonnet
Publisher: Presses Universitaires de France, 2012. 4 volumes. ISBN 978-2-13-056622-9

Author: Arie Arnon
Title: Monetary Theory and Policy from Hume and Smith to Wicksell: Money, Credit and the Economy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Blanqui lecture: "Back to Henry Thornton and Some of his Famous Readers: The Role of Gold in Classical Monetary Doctrine"
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Author: Simon Cook
Title: The Intellectual Foundations of Alfred Marshall’s Economic Science. A Rounded Globe of Knowledge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Blanqui lecture: "Race and Nation in Marshall's Histories"
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2011 Best Scholarly Edition
Title: Jules Dupuit, Œuvres économiques complètes
Editors: Yves Breton and Gérard Klotz
Publisher: Economica, 2009

Author: Steven Medema
Title: The Hesitant Hand. Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas
Publishers: Princeton University Press, 2009.
Blanqui Lecture: "Textbooks as Data for the Study of the History of Economics"
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Author: Pedro Teixeira
Title: Jacob Mincer. A Founding Father of Modern Labor Economics
publisher: Oxford University Press, 2007
Blanqui lecture: "The or A? Placing Jacob Mincer in the History of (Labour) Economics"

Author: Giuseppe Bognetti, Angelo Moioli, Pier Luigi Porta, Giovanna Tonelli (eds.)
Title: Edizione Nationale delle opere di Pietro Verri, volume II, Scritti di Economia, Finanza e Amministrazione
publisher: Editioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2006
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Author: Perry Mehrling
Title: Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance
publisher: John Wiley and Sons, 2005

Author: Bruce Caldwell
Title: An Intellectual Biography of F.A. Hayek
publisher: University of Chicago Press, 2004

Author: Roy Weintraub
Title: How Economics Became a Mathematical Science
publisher: Duke University Press, 2002
Blanqui lecture:
Economic Science Wars
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Author: Nicola Giocoli
Title: Modeling Rational Agents: From Interwar Economics to Early Modern Game Theory
publisher: Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2004
Blanqui lecture: In the sign of the axiomatic method: mathematics as the role model for neoclassical economics
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Author: Joachim Zweynert
Title: Eine Geschichte des ökonomiscen Denkens in Russland. 1805-1905
publisher: Marburg: Metropolis, 2003

Author: Alessandro Roncaglia
Title: La ricchezza delle idee
publisher: Bari: Laterza, 2002
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Author: Dutot Charlers with Antoin Murphy
Title: Histoire du systeme de John Law (1716-1720)
publisher: Paris, I.N.E.D./P.U.F., 2000

Author: Daniele Besomi
Title: The Making of Harrod's Dynamics
publisher: London: Macmillan, 1999
Blanqui lecture:
Harrod's Dynamics in its Making
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