BN.com Gift Guide

Fabricating the Keynesian Revolution: Studies of the Inter-war Literature on Money, the Cycle, and Unemployment

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$133.00
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $105.53
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 20%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $105.53   
  • New (5) from $149.56   
  • Used (3) from $105.53   

Overview

This book is about the emergence, during the inter-war years, of what came to be called "Keynesian macroeconomics." It accepts the novelty of that formulation, as represented by the IS-LM model, which in various forms came to dominate the subdiscipline for three decades. It argues, however, that the IS-LM model did not represent a radical change in economic thinking, but rather was an extremely selective synthesis of themes which had permeated the preceding literature, including Keynes's own contributions to it, not least the General Theory. Hence the book questions the appropriateness of thinking of that development as the outcome of a "Keynesian revolution" in economic thought, partly because the most radical aspects of Keynes's own intended contribution were excluded from it, but mainly because IS-LM is better viewed as the end result of twenty years or more of intellectual development to which many others besides Keynes contributed.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Natura non facit saltum. So said Marshall, and once again he's been proven correct. Without denigrating the very real contributions of John Maynard Keynes, David Laidler demonstrates conclusively that, far from inventing an entirely novel theory to challenge a dead orthodoxy, Keynes fabricated his theory from the ample materials provided by a lively and diverse interwar literature. Fabricating the Keynesian Revolution sets Keynes's work in the theoretical context of its period as no other book has. It is must reading not only for historians of economics but for anyone who wants to understand how modern macroeconomics came to be." Neil Skaggs, Illinois State University

"For persons entering economics in the 1940s, 'Keynesian' economics was shockingly 'revolutionary' because it was shockingly activist by comparison with all earlier, other than Marxian, economic teaching. Laidler's book brilliantly traces the 'fabrification' of a textbook revolution in activist economics which in one generation replaced thoughtful Marshallian courses in economic inquiry with courses in soapbox oratory about economic fluctuations. Laidler's scholarship is impeccable; even the most knowledgable professional has much to learn from reading his book." Robert Clower, University of South Carolina

"David Laidler has written an important, scholarly, and controversial study of the diverse strands of monetary economics between the wars, showing how Austrian, Swedish, American institutionalist, and Marshallian traditions of cycle analysis, and Keynes's own earlier work, contributed along with Keynes's General Theory to the emergence of modern macroeconomics. Laidler's wide-ranging, learned, and provocative analysis deepens our understanding of the richness of interwar macroeconomics, and will stimulate a lively debate on the role of Keynes in the development of macroeconomics." Robert Dimand, Brock University, Canada

"...brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed...No one interested in the economics or the economic history of the interwar period should fail to read it." Journal of Economics, Susan Showson, University of Toronto

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 An Overview 3
Pt. I The Wicksellians
2 The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle 27
3 The Macrodynamics of the Stockholm School 51
Pt. II The Marshallian Tradition in Britain
4 Cambridge Cycle Theory: Lavington, Pigou, and Robertson 79
5 The Monetary Element in the Cambridge Tradition 105
6 The Treatise on Money and Related Contributions 130
7 British Discussions of Unemployment 155
Pt. III American Analysis of Money and the Cycle
8 American Macroeconomics between World War I and the Depression 181
9 American Macroeconomics in the Early 1930s 213
Pt. IV Keynes, the Classics, and IS-LM
10 The General Theory 247
11 The Classics and Mr. Keynes 277
12 IS-LM 303
Conclusion
13 Selective Synthesis 323
References 341
Author Index 367
Subject Index 372
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)