Towards the Managed Economy

Author: Roger Middleton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136593993
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This is a major study of economic policy making in Britain between the wars. It provided the first full-length analysis of the early development of fiscal policy as a tool of modern economic management. The central question addressed is how Keynesian fiscal policies came to be adopted by the British government, with particular attention paid to the role of the Treasury and to that of Keynes himself. Drawing extensively on unpublished documents hitherto untapped by economists or historians, Roger Middleton challenges the widely held view of official economic thinking as an ill-informed group of people holding ‘the Treasury view’ in opposition to Keynes’s prescriptions for deficient demand and mass unemployment. Instead he argues that acceptance of Keynesian economics during the Second World War resulted from political and administrative factors as much as a conversion to Keynesian theory. He investigates the form and impact of fiscal policy during the 1930s and, through a constant employment budget analysis, shows convincingly that at times of rising unemployment governments ignore at their peril the effects of automatic stabilizers upon budgetary stability. Historians and economists welcomed this fresh perspective on a debate of historical as well as contemporary importance. Towards the Managed Economy is essential reading for all those interested in the rise and fall of Keynesian demand management. This classic text was first published in 1985.

Wealth and Welfare

Author: Martin Daunton
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0198732090
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This collection of essays explores the questions of what counted as knowledge in Victorian Britain, who defined knowledge and the knowledgeable, by what means and by what criteria. During the Victorian period, the structure of knowledge took on a new and recognizably modern form, and the disciplines that we now take for granted took shape. The ways in which knowledge was tested also took on a new form, with oral examinations and personal contacts giving way to formal written tests. New institutions of knowledge were created: museums were important at the start of the period (knowledge often meant classifying and collecting); by the end, universities had taken on a new promince. Knowledge expanded and Victorians needed to make sense of the sheer scale of information, to popularize it, and at the same time to exclude ignorance and error - a role carried out by encyclopedias and popular publications. The concept of knowledge is complex and much debated, with a multiplicity of meanings and troubling relationships. By studying the Victorian organization of knowledge in its institutional settings, these essays contribute to our consideration of these wider issues.

The Great Depression of the 1930s

Author: Nicholas Crafts
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199663181
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This book brings together contributions written by internationally distinguished economic historians. The editors explore the current fascination with the 1930s great depression, and link it with the great recession which began in 2007 and still poses a threat to economic stability.

Managing the Franc Poincar

Author: Kenneth Mouré
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521522847
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An explanation of France's deflationary policy during the Depression.

The Neville Chamberlain Diary Letters The heir apparent 1928 33

Author: Neville Chamberlain
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ISBN: 9781840146936
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As a primary source of historical evidence and insight, it is difficult to overstate the value and importance of Neville Chamberlain's diary letters to his sisters. They represent the most complete and illuminating 'insider' record of British politics between the wars yet to be published. From 1915 Chamberlain wrote detailed weekly epistles to his sisters until his death in 1940; a confidential account of events covering the quarter of a century during which he stood at the very centre of Conservative and national politics. Beyond the fascination of the historical record of people and events, these letters are extremely valuable for the remarkable light they throw upon the personality and character of the private man lurking behind the austerely forbidding public persona.

Public Policy and the Economy Since 1900

Author: Jim Tomlinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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This comprehensive account of British economic policy since the turn of the century covers both macro and micro issues, and offers a coherent analysis of the various influences on public policy. Broadly chronological, it covers institutional aspects (such as the changing role of policy-makingministries), political debate, and economic theory.

The Keynesian Revolution and Its Economic Consequences

Author: P. F. Clarke
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
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'. . . it is useful to have Clarke's extensive writings on the Keynesian revolution collected together. This volume can be commended to all who are interested in economic thought or policy.' - G.C. Peden, the Economic History Review 'I should state from the outset how much I enjoyed the book and how stimulating I found it. Where I found Clarke's work particularly valuable was in his discussion of the policy consequences of Keynes. These comprise the last three essays in particular and make fascinating reading. Peter Clarke's Keynesian Revolution and its Economic Consequences is a work of the highest scholarship. It is a study of the twentieth century's most dramatic change in economic theory in the hands of not only a first rate historian but also of a first rate English stylist. the essays are a pleasure to read and are filled with insight. the great value of Clarke's work is in bringing to the fore the surrounding historical context and institutional backdrop for events which were to influence the development of economic theory so dramatically.' - History of Economics Review the Keynesian Revolution and its Economic Consequences is a study of John Maynard Keynes as a publicist, expert and theorist and of the economic doctrines associated with his name. It examines the Keynesian revolution in economic theory and policy and shows how Keynesianism as a school of thought departed from the substance of Keynes's own thinking and policy prescription.