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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For those interested in economic history, this is good stuff — on This is a dual intellectual biography that discusses the lives and work of Keynes and Hayek and the influence that their work has had and continues to have on economic policy and general policy discussions. I don’t feel I learned much economics from this.

For conservatives concerned over the intellectual vacuity of the Republican Party and Tea Party, this book puts one in complete despair. A very good primer on the fundamental debate between Keynes and Hayek. This was one of the reason why Hayek fell into a deep depression in the early 60s, especially after the commercial disappointment of his masterpiece, The Constitution of Liberty now, of course, a bestseller.

Keynes and Hayek exemplified two different approaches. So I enjoyed the first half of the book covering the era before Keynes’ deathand didn’t learn much from the second. The episode shows a certain consistency in Friedrich Hayek ‘s actions at this juncture of his long career.

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Consequently, some of his exposition of theory is inadequate. 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 modsrn and execute Hayek’s contrary vision. We use technologies, such as cookies, to customise content and advertising, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic to the site.

All that said, I did cefined my time with it. After reading this book I have a completely new appreciation for the body of work of both Keynes and Hayek. Is there a book that applies a measure of what actually happened to the forecasts like measuring the success of meteorology? I liked how it almost, almost refused to take sides. It was only later in Hayek’s career, after Keynes was gone hajek the Austrian pretended to take Keynes to task by misch The author obviously struggled to give Hayek equal billing in this book, despite the vacancy of application, thought and proof in the Austrian’s theories.


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

Enormously interesting read for all the questions it raises rather than answers. I would recommend it, despite its obvious shortcomings most notably its ecoonomics tone and its unabashed America-centrismas a pretty good journalistic, chronologically narrated summary of the basic elements of “John Maynard”‘s and “Friedrich”‘s contributions to economics – and even more of their influence on the American and British political debate, on which this book largely focuses.

Many former friends, however, took the view that his behaviour was deplorable. We might well call the contest a draw, although I suspect the author is more sympathetic to Hayek than the great Keynes. It feels like a good-but-non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning Vanity Fair column, or an above-average Rolling Stone feature piece.

For in policy terms, it was surely Milton Friedman who, in the s and 70s, seized the moment to proclaim a counter-revolution against Keynesianism. Hayek was more academic and already steeped in the culture of eastern European ideas about economics.


Published September 10th by W. Keynes was more interested in the ‘real world’ and effecting change that would actually impact people’s lives.

Il Libro prende il giusto, anzi ottimo, abbrivio, con riferimento agli effetti delle idee degli autori sulle economie che li applicano. Hayek grew up in Austria between the world wars and saw firsthand the effects of the Treaty of Versailles and the rise to power of Hitler.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m a big fan of books that compare two opposed philosophies which helps me come to a conclusion on which side to support or merely the pros and cons of each side.

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The Clash that Defined Modern Economics. Hayek, and an exposition for popular consumption of their respective economic theories.

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By Robert Cole Since the s, one clash has defined both academic macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. Overall, a very good book.

There is stuff in between Keynes and Hayek, after all. Will anyone outside academia really care if Hayek believes there is no correlation between consumer demand and the level of employment?

It can also be on a comparison of the economic versus the political aspects of the theory.

For these are not dead and dusty debates among professional economists but ongoing skirmishes in an tge struggle that started in the s — an 80 years’ war with no final victory yet in sight. Such opinions cannot all be right.

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I think it is actually more a book of the effects of dsfined two than an economics view on their actual thoughts. All in all Keynes comes across as more complex apparently he was often drastic refining and redefining his ideas while Hayek was pretty well set in his views from the start.

Sin embargo, la primera mitad es brillante, altamente recomendable. The enemy of this engrossing omdern lucid economic history is binary thinking. An equilibrium can be predicted only if the intentions of each of the participants is known, and that is impossible both in theory and in practice. There have been many changes defind the world since any of the ideas were originally conceived and the economists, especially Keynes, were not married to their own ideas.