Principles of Political Economy Additional Summary

John Stuart Mill


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Borchard, Ruth. John Stuart Mill, the Man. London: C. A. Watts, 1957. Principles of Political Economy is placed within the context of Mill’s life. Discusses the work’s ideas, reception, and relation to Mill’s socialism.

Reeves, Richard. John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand. London: Atlantic Books, 2007. Authoritative and well-received biography that recounts Mill’s life, philosophy, and pursuit of truth and liberty for all.

Riley, Jonathan. “Mill’s Political Economy: Ricardian Science and Liberal Utilitarian Art.” In The Cambridge Companion to Mill, edited by John Skorupski. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Riley discusses Mill’s ideas about political economy, placing them within the context of Victorian economic theory.

Schwartz, Pedro. The New Political Economy of J. S. Mill. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1972. A comprehensive study of Mill’s political economy, offering a detailed analysis of his theory of economic and social policy. A lengthy, if dated, bibliography provides an excellent guide for further study.

Varouxakis, Georgios, and P. J. Kelly. John Stuart Mill, Thought and Influence: The Saint of Rationalism. New York: Routledge, 2010. Examines Mill’s “fate and reputation; his youthful political and intellectual activism; his views on the formation of character; [and] the development of his thought on logic.” Also discusses his ideas on the environmental and on feminism.