Economic Ideas and Government Policy: Contributions to Contemporary Economic History

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This volume collects together Sir Alec Cairncross' most important contributions to the economic history of the post-1939 period. They address such major issues as the role of economists in the 2nd World War, the significance of the Marshall plan and Britain's relative economic decline. Together they demonstrate a keen insight into the changing role of the economist in government and the gradual transformation of the economic landscape.

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This volume collects together Sir Alec Cairncross' most important contributions to the economic history of the post-1939 period. They address such major issues as the role of economists in the 2nd World War, the significance of the Marshall plan and Britain's relative economic decline. Together they demonstrate a keen insight into the changing role of the economist in government and the gradual transformation of the economic landscape.

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Twenty collected essays surveying economic history from World War II to the current trends of developing countries spans the author's 60 year career and provides intelligent historical insight. Some of the subjects developed in the papers include British aircraft production, the significance of the Marshall Plan, the 1967 devaluation of sterling, perspectives on economic policies during the 1970s in the UK, a history of J & P Coates, the relationship between economists and engineers, and reflections on economic ideas and government policy after 1939. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 In Praise of Economic History 1
2 How British Aircraft Production Was Planned in the Second World War 17
3 Economists in Wartime 33
4 Postwar Planning in Europe, 1945-7 53
5 The Economic Recovery of Western Germany 67
6 Industrial Recovery from War: A Comparison of British and German Experience 81
7 The German Balance of Payments Crisis, 1950-1 92
8 The Significance of the Marshall Plan 100
9 The Marshall Plan - A Retrospective 105
10 Prelude to Radcliffe: Monetary Policy in the United Kingdom, 1948-57 113
11 The 1967 Devaluation of Sterling 133
12 The 1970s in Perspective 142
13 The IMF Crisis of 1976 150
14 Economic Policy After 1974: A Review Article 165
15 The Early History of J & P Coats 177
16 Economic Trends in the Trade of Developing Countries 198
17 Britain's Industrial Decline 219
18 Economists and Engineers 235
19 The Development of Economic Statistics as an Influence on Theory and Policy 246
20 Reflections on Economic Ideas and Government Policy: 1939 and After 254
Index 275
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