The Clash of Economic Ideals

The Clash of Economic Ideals

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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 aims to trace the connections running from historical events to debates among economists, and from the ideas of academic writers to major experiments in economic policy.


"a 400-page grand tour of past attempts by economists and policymakers to answer the following question: what role, if any, should the government play in the economy?" Natacha Postel-Vinay, LSE Book Review

"...a masterful treatment of the struggle between different approaches and different schools of thought. Mr. White’s book is an uneasy cocktail: He beautifully mixes history of economic thinking, political history and bites of biography (each chapter begins with a vignette) that humanize economists for his readers but also convey a sense of the real excitement that research and policy advocacy can engender." Alberto Mingardi, The Washington Post


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