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In the title essay of this classic collection, the author reviews retrospectively his developing ideas on theory and policy since he first encountered Keynes' writings in 1950. The essays in Section One are concerned with Keynes now, specifically the coming back into favor of his most fundamental ideas. Sections Two and Three contain intellectual biographies and shorter tributes to economists, most of whom were friends and colleagues of the author. Section Four covers three review articles of the Feiwell volumes on Joan Robinson, 50 years of NBE, and Nicholas Kaldor's last book. Section Five is a survey of Post-Keynesian thought; Section Six, General Essays, starts with a paper written in 1980 as a passionate reaction to the world-wide rise of monetarism and new classical macroeconomics theories and policies and closes with an essay on the Cambridge contribution to economics.

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A collection of essays written mainly in the 1990s. The title essay reviews the development of the author's ideas on economic theory, applied work, and policy making. Part I contains essays on the rebirth of some of Keynes' most fundamental ideas. Parts II and III are intellectual biographies of and tributes to prominent economic theorists. Part IV reprints three review articles, and Part V surveys post-Keynesian thought, stressing origins and pioneers rather than second- and third-wave interpretations of basic ideas. Part VI consists of general essays on the contributions of various thinkers in economics. Harcourt is emeritus reader in the history of economic theory at the University of Cambridge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333946336
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

G. C. Harcourt is Emeritus Reader in the History of Economic Theory, University of Cambridge, Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge, and Professor Emeritus, University of Adelaide.

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Table of Contents

1 50 Years of Keynesian (1999) 1
Pt. I Keynes Now
2 Is Keynes Dead? (1992) 33
3 A 'Second Edition' on Keynes's General Theory (1997) 46
4 The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money: Three Views (1996) (with Claudio Sardoni) 57
5 A Note on 'Mr. Meades's Relation' and International Capital Movements (with Paul Dalziel) (1997) 72
Pt. II Intellectual Biographies
6 Joan Robinson, 1903-1983 (1995) 91
7 Lorie Tarshis, 1911-1993: In Appreciation (1995) 114
8 Edward Austin Gossage Robinson, 1897-1993 (1997) 131
9 Karl Marx, 1818-83 (with Prue Kerr) (1996) 157
10 Keynes, John Maynard (1997) 169
Pt. III Tributes
11 George Shackle: A Tribute (1993) 175
12 What Josef Steindl Means to My Generation (1994) 177
13 A Left Keynesian View of the Phillips Curve Trade-Off (2000) 183
14 The Results of the Capital Theory Controversies and General Equilibrium Theory: Some Reflections on Concepts and History (1998) 188
15 Investment Expenditure, Unrealised Expectations and Offsetting Monetary Policies (1998) 197
Pt. IV Review Articles
16 Joan Robinson and the Economics Profession (1991) 209
17 Fifty Years of Measurement: A Cambridge View (1993) (with Michael Kitson) 219
18 The Kaldor Legacy (1997) 238
Pt. V Survey
19 Post-Keynesian Thought (1999) 263
Pt. VI General Essays
20 Critiques and Alternatives: Reflections on Some Recent (and Not So Recent) Controversies (1996-97) 289
21 Mrs. Robinson and the Classics (1998) (with Pure Kerr) 300
22 Two Views on Development: Austin and Joan Robinson (1998) 306
23 How I Do Economics (1996) 323
24 The Cambridge Contribution to Economics (1998) 334
Index 354
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