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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My condensation of this condensed fare is that there is more to Keyne Very readable introduction to Keynes and Hayek. Just a fconomics while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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They were continually looking for a new theory that would describe and forecast current and future economic events. Oct 19, Nadim Karmoussa rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

It was only later in Hayek’s career, after Keynes was gone that the Austrian pretended to take Keynes to task by mischaracterizing his economic theories and tilting at strawmen like a knight practicing for a joust which would only happen in his own mind.

The later material on macroeconomics was, constrastively, clear enough and the exposition of fiscal and monetary policies in Britain the the USA from the war up until the first Obama term was well handled. 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.

He notes the paradox of a right-wing U.

Almost nothing is discovered since nothing original is claimed. The Keynes-Hayek debate is far from over, and learning a little more about them helps me understand more about economic policy-making today. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to economisc when others would not.


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It feels like a good-but-non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning Th Fair column, or an above-average Rolling Stone feature piece. 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”.

This book is well worth the read for anyone interested in digging deeper into the fundamental issues that separate politicians to this day. Nicholas Wapshott explores this fight in a new book. I think there was just enough economic te After reading this book I have a completely new appreciation for the body of work of both Keynes and Hayek.

Groups like Occupy Wall Street having been giving a complex enemy – socialized capitalism. Wapshott makes the case that Keynes, and not radical free vefined like Hayek, are the real saviours of capitalism.

TWO End of Empire. Hayek actually supported government-supported universal health care and unemployment insurance!

Keynes – Hayek by Nicholas Wapshott – review

Loading comments… Trouble loading? This divergence makes the equilibrium theory even more unattainable. Glenn Beck has rediscovered Hayek as a hero, but the great prophetess of libertarianism, Ayn Randprivately scourged him as a “total, complete, vicious bastard”. The most amazing thing to me was watching the evolution of the two economists interpretations of why things were happening over a wide range of times and countries.

Wapshott’s focus is not so much on economic theory as on its relevance to economic policy-making. Oct 11, Charles rated it it was amazing.

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Which other economist could get a personal invite from Roosevelt to see him at the White House or have just about every one of his articles from The Daily Mail and The Times published in serial form and later collected into best-selling works? The men themselves were not one way or another. The book is also a good examination of the difference between how economic ideas develop on their own through discussions among economists and their camp followers and how these ideas affect economic policy of large nations.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Good and different reading on the keynesianism and “hayekianism” in Reagan and Tatcher policies. Nicholas Wapshott The Sphinx: After reading this book I have a completely new appreciation for the body of work of both Keynes and Hayek. 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 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 ths, anzi decisamente esoteriche.


It is a point that Wapshott well recognises. In fact, since economics deefined a science, pure black or white thinking doesn’t compute. On the right are those who fear governments and believe in the self-correcting power of markets.

But whereas Keynes surfed his wave of fame, Hayek quickly became alarmed at having inadvertently written a bestseller — “a very corrupting experience”, he decided.

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The discussion is interesting and well informed and does not attempt to oversimplify the differences between these individuals or the nuances in each of their body of work as it developed over the course of their long lives. Moedrn, by contrast, was not a heretic but a preacher of a different religion altogether.

He met his opposite in a little-known Austrian economics professor, Freidrich Hayek, who considered attempts to intervene both pointless and potentially dangerous.

So what is the argument actually about? Wapshott brings out their mutual attraction in personal relations and intellectual interests, while structuring his hayke around a prolonged duel between the two men, each with supporters ready to act as seconds in a more combative spirit than the principals.

He also describes how political practice blunted the theories and led them to be applied in curious circumstances.