The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression

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Harvard University Press, Oct 30, 2012 - History - 280 pages
Just as economists struggle today to justify the free market after the global economic crisis, an earlier generation revisited their worldview after the Great Depression. In this intellectual history of that project, Burgin traces the evolution of postwar economic thought in order to reconsider the most basic assumptions of a market-centered world.
 

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Fascinating history of the Mont Pelerin Society, a proponent of the morality and efficacy of free markets. Latter chapters deal with Milton Friedman's and the U of Chicago's influence on the Society. Read full review

Contents

The End of LaissezFaire
1
1 Market Advocacy in a Time of Crisis
12
2 Entrepreneurial Ideas
55
3 Planning against Planning
87
4 New Conservatisms
123
5 The Invention of Milton Friedman
152
6 Moral Capital
186
The Spirit of an Age
214
Notes
229
Acknowledgments
291
Index
293
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Angus Burgin is Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University.

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