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