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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Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics by Nicholas Wapshott

Oct 19, Nadim Karmoussa rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 06, Mommalibrarian rated it really liked it Shelves: Such opinions cannot all be right. Feb 27, David Donaldson rated it it was amazing.

Great intro to the life and works of these essential thinkers. No wonder the idea you can lower taxes without a corresponding public expenditure cut had wide appeal in the late s. This statement reads like that of a Protestant heretic who defies the Pope, only to insist on his refined variant reading of Christian doctrine. There is one curious omission: By Robert Cole Since the s, one clash has defined both academic macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments.

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Keynes came from the heart of a Cambridge tradition later continued in that other Cambridge in Massachusetts that saw economics as a humane discipline or moral science, providing tools for earnest attempts to do good in the world. So I enjoyed the first half of the book covering the era before Keynes’ deathand didn’t learn much from the second. In fact, up to the end it just seemed to favor Keynes, maybe simply because he was an eminently likable personality and had an or Great intro to the life and works of these essential thinkers.

And every industrialised nation lapped it up from towhile Hayek looked like a hopeless relic preaching a nineteenth-century creed. He lives in New York City.


Resta il dubbio, a distanza di tanti anni che, invece che di fronte ad economisti, scienza triste per definizione, ci si trovi di fronte a maestri morali, o profeti, incompresi o inascoltati Hence the inevitable pairing, in the other half of his book, of Hayek with John Maynard Keyneson the grounds that this was “the clash that defined modern economics”.

Interestingly, as Wapshott notes, Hayek applied the same phrase, in the same pejorative tone, to his own most famous publication. An interesting chronology of the back-and-forth between the two economists and their proteges.

Is there a book that applies a measure of what actually happened to the forecasts like measuring the success of meteorology? Loading comments… Trouble loading? President Nixon embracing Keynes and the left-wing President Clinton showing a fear of deficits and distrust of governments which would have delighted Hayek.

They were both highly intelligent, but they came at the study of the ‘dismal science’ from very different perspectives. Very balanced, definec to take sides until the last paragraph Wapshott gives J. Not a professional read of the different theories.

Oct 11, Charles rated it it was amazing. It seems all too possible.

It never gets boring, but it never gets very deep, either. You can’t fight it by arguing against capitalism because it is socialism, and you can’t argue against it by arguing for socialism, again, because it is socialism.

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We not only get to read about the personal histories of Keynes and Hayek and the interactions between the two, but we also get a uayek of economic thinking through the 20th century.

It can also be on the basic terms of economic discussion – whether one is pursuing a “macro economic” or a “micro economic” approach. How long should any idea especially in economics be regarded as an inviolable rule?

As Keynes pointed out, offsetting tax cuts with reductions in expenditure would simply redistribute rather than produce a net increase in national spending power.

After reading this book I have a completely new appreciation for the body of work of both Keynes and Hayek. Hayek, and an exposition for popular consumption of their respective economic theories. Resta il dubbio, a distanza di tanti anni che, invece che modenr fronte ad economisti, scienza triste per definizione, ci si trovi di fronte a maestri mora Testo Accessibilema non accessibilissimo, l’autore lascia troppo spazio, specialmente all’inizio, a citazioni di opere degli autori che, specialmente per Haywek non sono cristalline, anzi decisamente esoteriche.


Perhaps it is a tad naive to expect academic theories to be used consistently by politicians however useful these ideas may be in campaign rhetoric. Non a caso l’ultimo capitolo si chiude citando il suo allievo Galbraith Di parte ma non per questo inutile.

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It is fascinating to me to see the intertwining of personal life and academic work of two of the best minds of the 20th Century.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. As others have pointed out, the problem with it, as with economics in general and other fields, toois binary thinking. TWO End of Empire.

To ask other readers questions about Keynes Hayekplease sign up. But while governments clearly have a critical role to play, there is a constant and acute danger, as Hayek made clear, that they stifle economic initiative. The episode shows a certain consistency in Friedrich Hayek ‘s actions at this juncture of his long career.

There is stuff in between Keynes and Hayek, after all. For the first time Governments re-building after the Second World War, with the prolonged depression and high unemployment of the s still haunting them, knew one thing — they could not go back to Laissez Faire.

Still, a must- read for anyone interested in macroeconomics and the history of economic thoughts. I did not, however, follow Wapshott’s exposition of Austrian School theory in the first kyenes of the text, particularly as regards the debates about interest and savings.