Birthplace Edinburgh, Scotland.
Post Held Landowner.
Publications Books: 1. An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Economy , 2 vols (1767, 1976); 2. Works, Political, Metaphysical and Chronological, 6 vols (1805).
Career Jacobite exile, whose continental travels provided abundant material for his Inquiry ... The Book is an expression of the Scotisch philosophical school of the eighteenth century, couched in sophisticated mercantilist terms. His view of society was dynamic: free nations succeeding slave societies, and states passing through various phases of development; government should intervene when necessary in the operations of the market and little advantage is to be gained from free trade. His ideas were little noticed in Britain but received some attention from the German Historical School.
Secondary Literature W. Stark, `Steuart, James Denham', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 15; A. S. Skinner, `Introduction', J. Steuart, Inquiry , vol. 1 (Oliver & Boyd, 1976)