Charlatans or Saviours?: Economists and the British Economy from Marshall to Meade (Hardback)Roger Middleton (author)
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Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 488
Weight: 1019 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'The work is worthy of a place on the library shelf as it does contribute to an overall picture of economics.' -- Pete Clarke, Capital and Class
'Overall, this book is a substantial achievement. It marries a range of literatures few other have brought together. The history of economic thought, economics as a discipline, and the development of economic policy are each scrutinised and assessed, and their interconnections explored. The bibliographic basis of the book is huge, with almost 50 pages of references. It provides a distinctive perspective on the twentieth century British economy from an author who always has something interesting to say. Every library should have a copy.' -- Jim Tomlinson, Contemporary British History
'Chapter Three describes the changing supply of and demand for economists over time. This chapter provides very interesting reading for any academic or government economist curious about the history of their chosen career . . . Roger Middleton provides a "warts and all" examination of British economics, including discussion of the falling number of economics Ph.D. students, and the "Mr Spock" method for modelling economic agents' rationality.' -- Caroline Elliott, Business History
'In surveying the century, Middleton has hit on the brilliant idea of analyzing quantitatively the contents of the issues of the Economic Journal, which began in 1891, using a machine-readable database, DISMAL, of EJ paper and their authors. This provides information on some authors' characteristics (gender, occupation, professional affiliation, etc.) and the subject and style of the authors' writings. The information is fascinating and very well presented in the first and several of the later chapters. The
'Very strongly recommended for upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and their teachers.' -- D.E. Moggridge, Choice
'This book brings together a wealth of material on a fascinating theme: the evolution of the British economics profession since the nineteenth century. It will be invaluable both for historians concerned with economic policy making in Britain and for economists who want to understand how the profession got to its current position.' -- Roger Backhouse, University of Birmingham, UK
'"Charlatans in need of salvation, an economy in need of saviours" is the verdict of Roger Middleton in his masterly survey of the rise and decline of British economics. Good works might or might not help, pure thought certainly won't, but reading this book should do the trick. The stock of economics has risen and fallen in the twentieth century, peaking at its mid-point, just as the economy itself was perceived to enter a steady decline. Middleton here deftly traces the interaction between economics as science and as policy in the context of Alfred Marshall's noble ambition to do good. This book is intelligent, readable, insightful, and committed - at once a critique of modern economics and a means for its renewal.' -- Keith Tribe, Keele University, UK 'The book is balanced and well-informed. Those who have written or advised on the management of the British economy will be fascinated by a wealth of material and anecdotes with which they are unfamiliar.'
- Walter Eltis, Exeter College, Oxford University and University of Reading, UK
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