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The State and Economic Knowledge : The American and British Experiences - Mary O. Furner

The State and Economic Knowledge

The American and British Experiences

By: Mary O. Furner (Editor), Barry Supple (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st August 1990
ISBN: 9780521394246
Number Of Pages: 492

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This book addresses an important but inadequately recognized dimension of the activities of the modern state--the role it plays in producing the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for economic policy making. Over time, governments in modern societies have assumed the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the economic well-being of their citizens and for protecting their competitive positions in the international economy. To perform their various coordinating functions effectively, and to maintain legitimacy, governments have found it necessary to rely on accurate information regarding economic conditions and trends, and on empirically based theories or models that allow officials to anticipate the economy's performance under specified conditions. The traditional assumption, which this collection of essays challenges, is that despite this profound dependence governments have generally acted as passive consumers of whatever ideas economists in the private sector and professions had to offer. This book brings together papers that reveal the ways in which modern states have helped to generate new economic knowledge and how that process interacts with economic changes, specific political institutions and ideological contexts.

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"This collection of papers, prepared for a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Symposium, explores the relations between government and the development of knowledge. A deliberate focus on the institutional history and political economy of Great Britain and the United States ensures an insightful treatment of the interplay between economic knowledge, policy development and execution, and the emergence of new organizational forms in modernizing societies." Finance and Development "...an outstanding work that will help to set the agenda for years to come for further research by students interested in the relationship between public policy and economic thought." Journal of Economic History

Foreword
The State and the Uses of Economic Knowledge
Ideas, institutions, and state in the United States and Britain: an introduction
Economic knowledge and government in Britain: some historical and comparative reflections
The State and Economic Performance
Liberty by design: freedom, planning, and John Quincy Adams's American system
Government as a laboratory for economic learning in the years of the Democratic Roosevelt
The emergence of economic growthmanship in the United States: federal policy and economic knowledge in the Truman years
The treasury's analytical model of the British economy between the wars
Old dogs and new tricks: the British treasury and Keynesian economics in the 1940s and 1950s
Industrial Maturity and Economic Policy
Knowing capitalism: public investigation and the labor question in the long progressive era
Economic inquiry and the state in new era America: antistatist corporatism and positive statism in uneasy coexistence
Official economic inquiry and Britain's industrial decline: the first fifty years
Economic ideas and government policy on industrial organization in Britain since 1945
Economic Knowledge and Social Action
Economic knowledge and British social policy
Economists and the formation of the modern tax system in the United States: the World War I crisis
Population, economists, and the state: the royal commission of population, 1944-1949
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Index
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ISBN: 9780521394246
ISBN-10: 0521394244
Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 31st August 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 15.95  x 4.17
Weight (kg): 0.82

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