Alessandro Roncaglia (Roma, 1947) is professor of economics, Sapienza University of Rome (since 1981); editor, Moneta e Credito and PSL (previously BNL) Quarterly Review (since 1989); Managing board of editors, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics (since its foundation in 1978); member (socio nazionale) of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (since 2007; corresponding member, 1998-2007), member, Società Italiana degli Economisti (since 1980; President, 2010-2013). Author of articles and books translated in many languages, from Spanish to Chinese, from Japanese to Russian, from Korean to Catalan; among these, Piero Sraffa (Macmillan Palgrave, 2009) and The wealth of ideas (CUP, 2005), the Italian edition of which (Laterza, 2001) received the Jerome Blanqui Award of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought in 2003.
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In his contribution to our ongoing series “Experts on Trial”, Alessandro Roncaglia argues that viewing economists as princes or servants of power is inherently authoritarian. We should instead see the economist as a socially and politically engaged citizen