The Affluent Society / Edition 40

The Affluent Society / Edition 40

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by John Kenneth Galbraith
     
 

Galbraith's classic on the "economics of abundance" is, in the words of the New York Times, "a compelling challenge to conventional thought." With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of individual and societal complacence about economic

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Galbraith's classic on the "economics of abundance" is, in the words of the New York Times, "a compelling challenge to conventional thought." With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of individual and societal complacence about economic inequity. While "affluent society" and "conventional wisdom" (first used in this book) have entered the vernacular, the message of the book has not been so widely embraced—reason enough to rediscover The Affluent Society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395925003
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
524,768
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fortieth Anniversary Edition
1The Affluent Society1
2The Concept of the Conventional Wisdom6
3Economics and the Tradition of Despair18
4The Uncertain Reassurance29
5The American Mood41
6The Marxian Pall55
7Inequality66
8Economic Security81
9The Paramount Position of Production99
10The Imperatives of Consumer Demand114
11The Dependence Effect124
12The Vested Interest in Output132
13The Bill Collector Cometh143
14Inflation154
15The Monetary Illusion166
16Production and Price Stability177
17The Theory of Social Balance186
18The Investment Balance200
19The Transition209
20The Divorce of Production from Security217
21The Redress of Balance223
22The Position of Poverty234
23Labor, Leisure and the New Class243
24On Security and Survival255
Afterword261
Index265

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