An Essay on the Philosophy and Psychodynamics of Income Distribution

  • W. J. Samuels


This essay considers certain fundamental aspects of the philosophy and psychodynamics of distribution and how they have entered economic theory. It treats, first, considerations of distribution as a driving force in the economy; second, the forces and considerations which have governed the treatment of distribution in economic theory; and, third, distribution as an artifact in relation to the economic role of government and the use of government to control distribution. The present essay is a sequel to Samuels (1981, 1982, 1983) and Samuels and Kelsey (1991).