A Conversation with Harris and Seldon

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From the mid 1950s to the late 1980s, Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, as general director and editorial director respectively of the IEA, battled against a conventional wisdom which was hostile to markets. Eventually, by force of argument, they overcame much of the resistance to market ideas, and in the process established the Institute's formidable influence in shaping both opinion and policy.

This Occasional Paper begins with a transcript of a conversation with Harris and ...

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Overview

From the mid 1950s to the late 1980s, Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, as general director and editorial director respectively of the IEA, battled against a conventional wisdom which was hostile to markets. Eventually, by force of argument, they overcame much of the resistance to market ideas, and in the process established the Institute's formidable influence in shaping both opinion and policy.

This Occasional Paper begins with a transcript of a conversation with Harris and Seldon wPBh provides many insights into how they work and what obstacles they encountered. Eight distinguished scholars, each familiar with the work of the Institute, then provide commentaries which assess its influence on thinking and the challenge to government which it constituted during the Harris/Seldon years.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780255364980
  • Publisher: Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: Occasional Papers , #116
  • Pages: 96

Table of Contents

The authors 7
Editor's introduction 11
Foreword 13
The theme of the conversation 19
The Conversation 25
Commentaries 67
1 Spies in the night? 67
2 The IEA's influence in our times 70
3 The IEA and its indirect influence abroad 73
4 A team of singular impact 76
5 Yes, Minister and the IEA 77
6 Stupor mundi: the IEA and its impact 81
7 The IEA and the advance to classical liberalism 85
8 The intellectual situation in the United States in the post-war years and the influence of the IEA 88
About the IEA 92
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