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Chicago fundamentalism : ideology and methodology in economics

Author: Craig Freedman
Publisher: Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific, ©2008.
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"Cold war ideology infected the development of economics in ways its practitioners were often not fully aware. The Chicago counter-revolution against the dominant post-war triumph of Keynesian analysis had an essential subtext, a perceived struggle between freedom and collective slavery, ideological objectives subsequently influenced methodological concerns, pushing economists to adopt the zero-sum tactics of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: George J Stigler; Milton Friedman; Milton Friedman; George J Stigler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Freedman
ISBN: 9812811990 9789812811998
OCLC Number: 225820457
Description: xiv, 457 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: And only I was left to tell the tale: blindness as an act of will --
George Joseph Stigler (1911-1991) --
Power without glory - George Stigler's market leviathan --
Five easy pieces - George Stigler's blueprint for a counter-revolution --
Countervailing egos - Stigler versus Galbraith --
Was George Stigler Adam Smith's best friend? - Studying the history of economic thought --
Do great economists make great teachers? - George Stigler as a dissertation supervisor --
De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum - Milton Friedman 1912-2006 --
Entre nous - a review of the Friedman-Stigler correspondence --
Not for love nor money: Milton Friedman's counter-revolution --
Why economists can't read --
Shunning the frumious bandersnatch: an unacknowledged assumption of Coase's theorem --
Animal spirits in his soup: a look at the methodology and rhetoric of the General Theory --
In defence of footnotes - a clarification of a misunderstanding of Keynes's definition of money --
Economic convictions and prior beliefs: Akerlof wrestles with the ghost of John Maynard Keynes --
When truth is not beauty, not beauty truth: a review of econ art - divorcing art from science in modern economics --
Court jesters, house gadflies and economic critics.
Responsibility: Craig F. Freedman.
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Examines the problem of ideology through the reflection cast by the architects of the Chicago counter-revolution, George Stigler and Milton Friedman. This volume demonstrates the legacy of the  Read more...

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