The Affluent Society

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 15, 1998 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Galbraith's classic on the "economics of abundance" is, in the words of the New York Times, "a compelling challenge to conventional thought." With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of individual and societal complacence about economic inequity. While "affluent society" and "conventional wisdom" (first used in this book) have entered the vernacular, the message of the book has not been so widely embraced--reason enough to rediscover The Affluent Society.
 

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User Review  - NaggedMan - LibraryThing

Published soon after I left school, this was hailed at the time as an important analysis of what some (and particularly Galbraith) saw as a set of problems and issues associated with what was seen as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Krishna Kumar - Goodreads

One of the classic books in economics, it deals with fiscal and monetary policies during a time of prosperity (the 1950s) in post-war United States. This book coined the term "conventional wisdom" and ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Affluent Society
2 The Concept of the Conventional Wisdom
3 Economics and the Tradition of Despair
4 The Uncertain Reassurance
5 The American Mood
6 The Marxian Pall
7 Inequality
8 Economic Security
15 The Monetary Illusion
16 Production and Price Stability
17 The Theory of Social Balance
18 The Investment Balance
19 The Transition
20 The Divorce of Production from Security
21 The Redress of Balance
22 The Position of Poverty

9 The Paramount Position of Production
10 The Imperatives of Consumer Demand
11 The Dependence Effect
12 The Vested Interest in Output
13 The Bill Collector Cometh
14 Inflation
23 Labor Leisure and the New Class
24 On Security and Survival
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About the author (1998)

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a critically acclaimed author and one of America's foremost economists. His most famous works include The Affluent Society, The Good Society, and The Great Crash. Galbraith was the receipient of the Order of Canada and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he was twice awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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