Economic Policy and the History of Economic Thought
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This book discusses key issues in economic policy in the context of the history of economic thought.
Most of the current and past academic controversies in economics are, explicitly or implicitly, centered around the application and form of economic policy. This is particularly evident in the post-WWII period, with the appearance of economic policy as a distinguishable subfield, but important elements of various economic policy issues can be found throughout the history of economic thought. This book discusses various topics in economic policy - such as questions over state spending and taxation, income redistribution, and the role of money - with each chapter focusing on a particular period or major school of economic thought ranging from the ‘prehistory’ of economics up to the present day. Specific chapters of the volume cover the main schools of economic thought from different national and theoretical traditions, incorporating mercantilism, the Physiocratic School, the German Historical school, Marxism, the Austrian School, institutional economics, Keynesian economics, behavioral economics and more.
This book will be of great interest to readers of the history of economic policy as well as history of economic thought, macroeconomics and economic history more broadly.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Economic policy in the prehistory of economics: A comparative framework 3. Mercantilism: A Project for Development 4. Physiocracy and Fiscal Reform: The Chimera of the Impôt Unique 5. Post-Smithian Views on Poverty and Poor Relief 6. Karl Marx: A Critical View on Economic Policy 7. Economic Policy in Marginalist and Early Neoclassical Economics 8. The German Historical School on Economic Policy 9. The Old Institutional School and Labour Market Functions and Policies 10. Austrian Economics and Economic Policy 11. Keynes on Theorising for Policy 12. The Unfinished Revolution in Policy: The Visionary Legacy of Lord Keynes 13. Post-War Heterodox Approaches and Economic Policy 14. Policy Challenges, Ideologies, and the Evolution of Behavioural Economics 15. Fiscal Policy after the Crisis: What Role for Fiscal Policy in Times of Crisis and High Public Debts
Stavros Drakopoulos obtained a B.A. in economics from The Economics University of Athens, and an M.Sc and Ph.D in economics from the University of Stirling, UK. Having served academic appointments at the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, he is currently a Professor of Economics in the Department of Philosophy and History of Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His research interests include Economic Methodology and History of Economic Thought, Labour Economics, Health Economics, and the Economics of Subjective Well-being. He has 51 publications in refereed journals, 5 books, and 15 articles in edited books.
Ioannis Katselidis obtained a B.A. from University of Piraeus, a M.Sc. from University of Birmingham, and a M.Sc. and PhD from Athens University of Economics and Business. He has been Adjunct Lecturer at Athens University of Economics and Business, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Hellenic Naval Academy among others. He was also Research Fellow at the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE). In addition, he has published scientific papers in various refereed journals, and he has also participated in many Greek and international academic conferences. His research interests include History and Philosophy of Economic Analysis and Labour Economics and Policy.