As the world grapples with increased globalization and technological change, Friedrich List’s work appears more relevant than ever before. His theory of "productive powers" and his argument for protecting infant industries give us a valuable way of looking at innovation systems, winners and losers in international trade, and the current shift towards economic and political nationalism.

Comprising fifteen specially commissioned chapters from a range of international scholars, this book explores many aspects of List’s economic thought, including industrial development, political economy, the economics of education, infrastructure and catching-up processes in Asian economies.

This volume will be illuminating reading for advanced students and researchers in the history of economic thought, economic history, economic policy and international trade.

chapter |8 pages


ByHarald Hagemann, Stephan Seiter, Eugen Wendler

chapter 1|14 pages

Friedrich List’s seven deadly economic sins

ByEugen Wendler

chapter 2|11 pages

Friedrich List

Looking back to the future
ByDieter Senghaas

chapter 3|12 pages

Growth and integration

Why we should re-read Friedrich List
ByStephan Seiter

chapter 4|12 pages

Friedrich List and national political economy

Ideas for economic development
ByJosé Luís Cardoso

chapter 6|12 pages

Friedrich List and France

The history of a lifelong engagement
ByMechthild Coustillac

chapter 7|16 pages

Friedrich List’s ‘economics of education’

ByStefano Spalletti

chapter 8|20 pages

Manufacturing matters

From Giovanni Botero (c.1544–1617) to Friedrich List (1789–1846), or: The history of an old idea
ByPhilipp Robinson Rössner

chapter 9|15 pages

Two early views on railway regulation in Germany

Friedrich List and David Hansemann
ByBernhard Wieland

chapter 10|15 pages

Friedrich List and the non-financial origins of the European crisis

ByErik S. Reinert, Rainer Kattel

chapter 11|27 pages

Noboru Kobayashi’s research on Friedrich List

A contribution on List’s reception and interpretation in Japan *
ByTetsushi Harada

chapter 12|19 pages

Friedrich List and the American system of innovation

ByMark Knell

chapter 13|15 pages

List and Russia

ByVladimir Avtonomov, Elizaveta Burina

chapter 14|10 pages

Friedrich List in China’s quest for development

ByMei Junjie

chapter 15|22 pages

Industrial development strategies in Asia

The influence of Friedrich List on industrial evolution in Japan, South Korea and China
ByAlexander Gerybadze