I defy anybody—Keynesian, Hayekian, or uncommitted—to read [Wapshott’s] work and not learn something new.”—John Cassidy, The New. The confrontation between John Maynard Keynes, and his Austrian born free market adversary and friend, Friedrich August von Hayek, is one. Keynes – Hayek by Nicholas Wapshott – review Maynard Keynes, on the grounds that this was “the clash that defined modern economics”.

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This was a difficult book as I had only one course in economics and have delved no deeper than NPR since. Deined 21, Chris Leuchtenburg rated it liked it Shelves: President Nixon embracing Keynes and the left-wing President Clinton showing a fear of deficits and distrust of governments which would have delighted Hayek.

This book might help the reader of that stripe sort it out. But whereas Keynes surfed his wave of fame, Hayek quickly became alarmed at having inadvertently written a bestseller — “a very corrupting experience”, he decided.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. I would recommend it, despite its obvious shortcomings most notably its unscholarly tone and keyness unabashed America-centrismas a pretty definned journalistic, chronologically narrated summary of the basic elements of “John Maynard”‘s and “Friedrich”‘s contributions to economics – and even more of their influence on the American and British political debate, on which this book largely focuses.

His account of the origins and early application of the competing theories is readable, intelligent, and even-handed. Which other economist could get a personal invite from Roosevelt to see him at the White House or have just about movern one of his articles from The Daily Mail and The Times published in serial form and later collected into best-selling works?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For example, there is a famous exchange of comments between Keynes and a young Hayek over Keynes’ tract on monetary theory. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not.


Not a professional read of the different coash.

Nicholas Wapshott explores this fight in a new book. In Britain, the Conservatives took control under Margaret Thatcher and opted to defeat the first by allowing the latter to rise above 3 million.

It may be too even-handed: If “a” sometimes leads to “b” but sometimes to “b-” there must be at least one different variable–what is it or can it be.

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I think it is actually more a book of the effects of the two than an economics view on their actual thoughts. It’s not easy going, rather dense in some sections actually, but Wapshott effectively uses the human dimensions of the story to keep it moving.

The clash is also complicated by the fact that Keynes and Hayek had such different perspectives on what made the economy tick. clsah

Selected pages Title Page. The book is also a good examination of the difference between how economic ideas develop on their own through discussions midern economists and their camp followers and how these ideas affect economic policy of large nations. We use technologies, such as cookies, to customise content and advertising, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic to the site.

This is the distinction between the “ivory economcs and its practical applications into the world of domestic politics. Such opinions cannot all be right. But Hayek was obviously deferential to the founder of modern economic theory.

Economic and political swings of the last 80 years have elevated, relegated, and re-elevated both theories. Very readable introduction to Keynes and Hayek.

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John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not. Apr 16, Luke Kanies rated it really liked it. The author obviously struggled to give Hayek equal billing in this book, despite the vacancy of application, thought and proof in the Austrian’s theories. For these are not dead and dusty debates among professional economists but ongoing skirmishes in an ideological struggle that started in the s — an 80 years’ war with no final victory yet in sight.


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Yet everyone recognises this dimension as macro-economic today, even those who are strongly opposed to Keynesian policies for stimulating moderrn regulating effective demand.

That is what would help me understand the economics. They can be considered the friends of Friedrich von Hayek. There is no doubt that some of Keynes innovations in thinking have now been discredited, yet plenty of his classh are still correct. After reading this book I have a completely new appreciation for the body of work of both Keynes and Hayek.

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No wonder the idea you can lower taxes without a corresponding public expenditure cut had wide appeal in the late s. TWO End of Empire. Dec 19, Ilinca rated it really liked it. Common terms and phrases American argued argument Austrian School banks became believed billion Britain British budget business cycle Chicago Press Collected Writings Commanding Heights conservative currency debate deficit demand democratic Depression Economic Consequences Economist as Savior English equilibrium Essays expenditure F.

In other words, the market could produce a recovery if most levers of government control were dismantled and competition was restored to the system. Here I suspect that Wapshott didn’t ken the material either.

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