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The Clash of Economic Ideas
The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years

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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107012424

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  • The Clash of Economic Ideas interweaves the economic history of the last hundred years with the history of economic doctrines to understand how contrasting economic ideas have originated and developed over time to take their present forms. It traces the connections running from historical events to debates among economists, and from the ideas of academic writers to major experiments in economic policy. The treatment offers fresh perspectives on laissez faire, socialism, and fascism; the Roaring Twenties, business cycle theories, and the Great Depression; Institutionalism and the New Deal; the Keynesian Revolution; and war, nationalization, and central planning. After 1945, the work explores the postwar revival of invisible-hand ideas; economic development and growth, with special attention to contrasting policies and thought in Germany and India; the gold standard, the interwar gold-exchange standard, the postwar Bretton Woods system, and the Great Inflation; public goods and public choice; free trade versus protectionism; and finally fiscal policy and public debt. The investigation analyzes the theories of Adam Smith and earlier writers on economics when those antecedents are useful for readers.

    • Illuminates the economic history of the last hundred years by drawing on developments in economic thought
    • Illuminates the history of economic thought by connecting theories to economists' real-world policy concerns
    • Begins each chapter with an engaging anecdote and avoids unnecessary jargon and mathematics
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    "For all of White's evident Austrian commitment, he steadily tenders to his adversaries a Hayekian courtesy. He is widely read, and the book's references constitute a stimulating reading list. And he writes well: each chapter opens with an engaging incident that beckons the reader to read on."
    Economic Record

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107012424
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The turn away from laissez faire
    2. The Bolshevik revolution and the socialist calculation debate
    3. The Roaring Twenties and Austrian business cycle theory
    4. The New Deal and institutionalist economics
    5. The Great Depression and Keynes's General Theory
    6. The Second World War and Hayek's Road to Serfdom
    7. Postwar British Socialism and the Fabian Society
    8. The Mont Pelerin Society and the rebirth of Smithian economics
    9. The postwar German 'wonder economy' and ordoliberalism
    10. Indian planning and development economics
    11. Bretton Woods and international monetary thought
    12. The great inflation and monetarism
    13. The growth of government: public goods and public choice
    14. Free trade, protectionism, and trade deficits
    15. From pleasant deficit spending to unpleasant sovereign debt crisis.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Comparative Economic Systems and Incentive
    • Comparative Economics Systems
    • Evolution of Economic Thought
    • History of Economic Thought
    • History of International Development
    • Honors Seminar: Ideas that Shaped the West
    • Intro to Business
    • Introduction to International Economics
    • Political Economy: Theories and Concepts
    • Politics of the Global Economy
    • Social Psychology Responses to Economic Theory
  • Author

    Lawrence H. White, George Mason University, Virginia
    Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He previously taught at New York University, the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri, St Louis. Best known for his work on monetary thought and alternative monetary institutions, his books include Free Banking in Britain, 2nd edition (2009), The Theory of Monetary Institutions (1999) and Competition and Currency (1992) and he has edited six other volumes primarily in finance and financial history. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and in leading economics journals such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Literature. Professor White is featured in three online videos discussing the business cycle theory of F. A. Hayek, produced by in connection with their popular Keynes vs. Hayek rap video 'Fear the Boom and Bust'. He is co-editor of the online journal Econ Journal Watch and hosts the bimonthly Econ Journal Watch Audio podcasts. Professor White received the 2008 Distinguished Scholar Award of the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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