A political and economic writer of considerable literary skill and with a firm grasp of Petty’s political arithmetic. The exigencies of financial survival as a pamphleteer give some of his work an apparent inconsistency which lays him open to the charge of writing solely for immediate advantage. His main original contributions were in the theories of money, international trade and finance, and public finance.
These were not, however, isolated insights, for they sprang from an unusually coherent view of the relations between the elements of economic life. Commissioner of Excise, 1678-1689. Political Pamphleteer.
Inspector General Exports and Imports, 1702-1714. Member of Parliament, 1698-1707.
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Two Discourses on the Public Revenues and Trade of England
An Essay on the probable means of making the people gainers in the balance of Trade
An Essay on the Ways and Means of supplying the War
Memorial Concerning the Coyn of England
A Memorial Concerning a Council of Trade
A Memorial Concerning Credit and the Means and Methods whereby it may be Restored
Essay on Publick Virtue
Essay on the East India Trade
Discourses on the Publick Revenues and on the Trade of England
An Essay on the probable Methods of making a People Gainers in the Balance of Trade
A Discourse of Grants and Resumptions
The Balance of Power The second The Right of Making War, Peace, and Alliances The third Universal Monarchy
The True Picture of a Modern Whig
Tom Double Returned out of the Country
Essays upon Peace at Home and War Abroad
Memorial Concerning the Free Trade now Tolerated between France and Holland
Reflections upon the Constitution and Management of Trade to Africa
An Essay on Ways and Means of Supplying the War
Essay on the East-India Trade
As an economist, Davenant was a strong supporter of the mercantile theory, and in his economic pamphlets (as distinct from his political writings) he takes up an eclectic position, recommending governmental restrictions on colonial commerce, but freedom of exchange at home.