The Misfortunes of Prosperity

The Misfortunes of Prosperity

An Introduction to Modern Political Economy

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Elucidates the current debates on these and other questions in a fast-paced andincisive tour of the dominant ideas in political economy, summarizing historical and theoreticalperspectives on the causes of economic growth in the United States, Western Europe, Japan andelsewhere as the twentieth-century draws to a close.


translated by Jacqueline Lindenfeld Are robust economic growth and tight socialcohesion something of the past, or is contemporary stagnation simply part of a long economic cyclethat is bound to bring brighter days? Should government step in to boost productivity and income, ordoes economic globalization necessitate a new laissez-faire model for the twenty-first century?TheMisfortunes of Prosperity elucidates the current debates on these and other questions in afast-paced and incisive tour of the dominant ideas in political economy, summarizing historical andtheoretical perspectives on the causes of economic growth in the United States, Western Europe,Japan and elsewhere as the twentieth-century draws to a close.Daniel Cohen discusses the effects ofthe showdown of productivity in Europe and the United States and explains the origin of the apparenttradeoff between unemployment in Europe and wage inequalities in the United States. On questions ofeconomic policy and the competing academic views (new classical and Keynesian) of the efficacy ofgovernment intervention, Cohen inverts the Keynesian belief that government intervention causesgrowth, and explains why waves of government interventions (including wars) usually follow upwardeconomic trends (rather than create it). But he also advocates government discretion rather thangovernment neutrality by showing the disastrous consequences of hands off approach to debt,inflation, and social security.



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A revised edition of a work originally published in French (Julliard, 1994), this serves as a tour of the dominant ideas in political economy, summarizing historical and theoretical perspectives on the causes of economic growth in the US, Western Europe, Japan, and elsewhere. Among other issues, the author discusses the effects of the showdown of productivity in Europe and explains the origins of the apparent tradeoff between unemployment in Europe and wage inequalities in the US. He advocates government discretion by showing the disastrous consequences of a hands-off approach to debt, inflation, and social security. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Daniel Cohen discusses the effects of the slowdown of productivity in Europe and the United States and explains the origin of the apparent tradeoff between unemployment in Europe and wage inequality in the United States. On questions of economic policy and the competing academic views (new classical and Keynesian) of the efficacy of government intervention, Cohen inverts the Keynesian belief that government intervention causes growth and explains why waves of government interventions (including wars) usually follow upward economic trends rather than create them. But he also advocates government discretion rather than government neutrality by showing the disastrous consequences of the hands-off approach to debt, inflation and social security.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1995
ISBN: 9780262032308
0262032309
9780585020334
0585020337
0262032309
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 170 p.)

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