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This is the first complete publication of her essays in the United States. The volumes cover the period from the early 1930s to the mid-1970s and are valuable both for their spirited writing and the challenging originality of Robinson's thought.
Volume I covers topics ranging from Euler's Theorem and problems of distribution to exchange equilibrium and international trade, and features a section devoted to expounding and defending Keynes's General Theory.
Volume II, in the author's words, "belongs to the field of what is sometimes called post-Keynesian economics."
Volume III contains four groups of papers, the first mainly "controversial discussions of basic economic theory," the second and third developing the post-Keynesian tradition with relation to Marxist theory; the fourth contains Robinson's observations from her trips to communities in China and North Korea and her travels in India.
Volume IV continues the debate about so-called capital theory; in the first section, developing special points in theoretical analysis and opening up questions such as the need for reconstruction of the theory of international trade; the second section contains reprints from Essays in the Theory of Employment, published in 1936. The third section reprints a little known pamphlet published by the Students Bookshop, Cambridge, in 1953.
Volume V contains five sections: the first papers being mainly concerned with a survey of contemporary economic theory; the second consisting of two surveys of international trade and markets; the third discussing the disintegration of teaching of the Keynesian Revolution; the fourth addressing the problems of the Third World, especially India; and the fifth containing a number of papers arguing for a nondogmatic treatment of Marx.
An index to all the volumes completes the collection.