Ralph Harris in His Own Words, the Selected Writings of Lord Harris

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"When Lord Harris of High Cross (Ralph Harris) died, in October 2006 at the age of 81, the tributes to him described him as one of the 'men who changed Britain'. Friends and opponents alike acknowledged that Ralph, in his role as General Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and in partnership with his friend, Arthur Seldon, had been instrumental in providing the ideas and the intellectual entrepreneurship that sparked the 'Thatcher revolution' of the 1980s, transforming the British economy from one of the worst performers among developed countries to one of the best. This book selects from Ralph's considerable opus, revealing that economics need not always be a 'dismal science'. Economic analysis was, in the hands of Ralph Harris, deployed to great effect in plain language and with a wit and wisdom that made it fun." Colin Robinson's Introduction places Ralph Harris' work in context and provides an invaluable insight into the author's beliefs and personality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847207333
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lord Howe of Aberavon

Editor's introduction Colin Robinson Robinson, Colin

Pt. I Papers on IEA-Related Activities

Living with Arthur 3

Watch out for the 'Peter Principle' 18

Who invented Buckingham? 27

An independent station 38

Now for 'planning' 48

Market versus state 56

Behind enemy lines 65

Pt. II Papers on Markets and Freedom

Adam Smith: revolutionary for the third millennium? 77

Hayek: the arch radical reactionary? 87

The challenge of a radical reactionary 98

Morality and markets: gospel of an economist 109

No, Prime Minister! Ralph Harris against the consensus 117

Pt. III House of Lords Speeches

No, Minister! (Early House of Lords speeches, 1981-1984) 205

House of Lords speeches, 1984-2004 252

Pt. IV Selected Obituaries

The Times 311

The Daily Telegraph 315

The Economist 319

The Independent 322

The Financial Times 325

Index 329

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