The Misfortunes of Prosperity

The Misfortunes of Prosperity An Introduction to Modern Political Economy

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Are robust economic growth and tight social cohesion something of the past, or is contemporary stagnation simply a part of a long economic cycle that is bound to bring brighter days? Should government step in to boost productivity and income, or does economic globalization necessitate a new laissez-faire model for the 21st century?;"The Misfortunes of Prosperity" elucidates the current debates on these and other questions in a tour of the dominant ideas in political economy, summarizing historical and theoretical perspectives on the causes of economic growth in the United States, Western Europe, Japan and elsewhere as the 20th century draws to a close.;Daniel Cohen discusses the effects of the showdown of productivity in Europe and the United States and explains the origin of the apparent tradeoff between unemployment in Europe and wage inequalities 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 it). But he also advocates government discretion rather than government neutrality by showing the disastrous consequences of hands off approach to debt, inflation and social security.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262032308
Publisher: MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 338.9
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 170
Weight: 363g
Height: 206mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 20mm