Call for Papers


18th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET)

29-31 May 2014


The Conference is organized by the Centre Walras-Pareto and will be held at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.


Proposals for papers of sessions on all aspects of the history of economic thought are welcome. An abstract of about 400 words for a paper and 600 words for a session should be submitted on the conference website,, no later than January 13th, 2014.


Note that: a) already published papers are not eligible for submission; b) only one conference presentation is allowed per person (but more than one submission may be accepted, if involving co-authors who are also presenting); c) session proposals must conform with the normal conference-sessions format (3 papers, 90 min.) and must provide their own discussants.


Particularly welcome are proposals of papers and sessions that fall into the ESHET 2014 Conference theme:


Liberalisms: perspectives and debates in the history of economic thought


The assertion of liberal principles and values and the crystallization of economic discourse both took place in the 17th and 18th centuries century. This common origin crossed over the history of ideas and extended in intertwined relationships that translated into many semantic and theoretical evolutions. Despite those long debates and controversies, the 'liberal' label is still far from being a well-defined notion, in particular in economic thought. Its numerous denominations – 18th century ‘liberté du commerce’, classical liberalism, Paretian liberalism, Austrian liberalism, Kantian liberalism, Benthamite liberalism, neoliberalism, paternalistic liberalism, ordoliberalism, etc. – are an illustration of its polysemic nature.


The organizers invite proposals that focus on the debates that have crossed liberal thought, and the changes experienced by it.


Participants are also welcome to address additional transversal questions, such as:

• How were liberal thought and economic policy articulated during different episodes in the history of economic thought?

• How were economic phenomena (crises, income distribution, production) treated according to different streams of liberal thought?

• What role was envisaged for cooperation in societies primarily coordinated by a market mechanism?

• Has private property always been inextricably linked to liberal principles?

• Is there a common set of institutions promoted across different liberal economic lines of thought?

• Is there a best way to tell the story about the relationship between liberalism and methodological individualism? (Is the rational agent free to choose?)


Young Scholar Seminar


ESHET invites young scholars -- persons currently enrolled in a PhD, or who have been awarded a PhD no more than two years prior to May 2014 (and regardless of age) -- to submit their work to the Young Scholars Seminar to be held on the occasion of the ESHET Conference.


Up to six submissions will be selected: ESHET will cover travel expenses up to €300, accommodation costs up to €80/night for three nights, and the registration fee. The authors of the selected papers will have 20 minutes each to present the paper, and a senior scholar will discuss it. Papers may be on any topic relevant to the history of economics, and are not restricted to the conference theme.


Candidates should e-mail a paper no longer than 9000 words to Professors Catherine Martin ( and Manuela Mosca ( by January 27th, 2014.


Please include documentation of your (and your co-authors) position vis à vis your PhD, and indicate in the Subject of your e-mail: for Young Scholar Seminar.


ESHET encourages young scholars to participate in the conference. A one-year ESHET membership is offered to all young scholars who submit a paper. Papers that have not been selected will be considered for presentation at other conference sessions.