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COVER STORY By-elections a trial run for next federal election

SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook bans reflect a lack of impartiality

CANBERRA OBSERVED The gloves are on for by-election proxy bouts

FEDERAL POLITICS Federal ALP platform reads like a radical on a soapbox

ENVIRONMENT 'Climate change' news is fake news

BRITISH HISTORY Abolition of the Corn Laws paved the way for cheap food

LIFE ISSUES A world of competing sorrows: Ireland's abortion referendum

CULTURE The wee folk and their cousins, up and down the scale

WESTERN CIVILISATION Three great anniversaries of the West

FICTION Autumn Alexei's Story

MUSIC ABBA; Unstoppable, ubiquitous

CINEMA Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

BOOK REVIEW Vision for the future, if we want to claim it

BOOK REVIEW Taking to task failed privilege

BOOK REVIEW Where Tolkien and St Thomas agree

LETTERS

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing goes 'boo', Qantas gets in a flap

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KEYNES / HAYEK:
The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

Nicholas Wapshott

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(New York: W.W. Norton, 2011)
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN: 9781921844362
Price: AUD$34.95

 

Book description

Can government fix a broken economy? Two great economists disagreed eighty years ago, and their debate dominates politics to this day.

As the stock-market crash of 1929 plunged the world into turmoil, two men emerged with competing claims about how to restore balance to economies gone awry. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not. He met his opposite in a little-known Austrian economics professor, Friedrich Hayek, who considered attempts to intervene both pointless and potentially dangerous. The battle lines thus drawn, Keynesian economics would dominate for decades and coincide with an era of unprecedented prosperity, but conservative economists and political leaders would eventually embrace and execute Hayek’s contrary vision.

From their first face-to-face encounter to the heated disputes between their ardent disciples, Nicholas Wapshott here unearths the contemporary relevance of Keynes and Hayek, as arguments over the virtues of the free market and government intervention rage with the same ferocity as they did in the 1930s. This is no mere academic debate — with the world economy teetering, the stakes are very high for all of us.

 

About the author

Nicholas Wapshott is a prominent British journalist and writer. He was a former senior editor at The Times of London and The New York Sun, as well as the founding editor of The Times Magazine. He is a Reuters contributing columnist and a regular broadcaster on MSNBC, PBS, and FOX News. Wapshott has written a number of biographies, including those of Margaret Thatcher and Carol Reed. He lives in New York.

 

Endorsements

‘With balance, understanding and clarity, Nicholas Wapshott, a New York-based English journalist and biographer, re-creates the duel between Keynes and Hayek … [T]his book is beguilingly written, well researched and cleverly argued.’ — John Edwards, Weekend Australian

‘This book gives a fascinating account of the lives of the two men, the evolution of their ideas and why the debate between them is important today.’ — Bruce Rennie, Dominion Post Weekend (Wellington, New Zealand)


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