The Life and Political Economy of Lauchlin Currie: New Dealer, Presidential Adviser, and Development Economist

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Duke University Press, 1990 - Business & Economics - 441 pages
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Lauchlin Currie's contribution to monetary theory and policies during the New Deal and in the postwar period when he became one of the most important economic advisors to several presidents of Colombia is the subject of this biography. Currie was a major economic advisor to president Franklin D. Roosevelt, and as his administrative assistant from 1939 until the president's death in 1945 helped shape Roosevelt's thinking on economic issues.
His involvement in U.S. policymaking in China, where he directed Lend-Lease operations from 1941-1943, was one of the factors leading to his confrontation with Senator Joseph McCarthy. In 1949 he directed the first World Bank mission to Colombia.
Roger Sandilands had access to Currie's own papers and to previously unpublished material. In this biography he provides the reader with a critical evaluation of Currie's contribution to the literature on the theory and practice of economic development in general, together with an analysis of how his concepts were shaped during the New Deal and in post-World War II Colombia.
 

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Contents

The Treasury and Federal Reserve Board 193439
54
Peace and War 193945
96
Postwar America and the McCarthy Period 194554
141
The World Bank Mission to Colombia
159
A Farming Interlude the Return to Economic Advising
178
The Origins and Development
191
An Academic Interlude in Canada and Britain
222
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234
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273
Perspectives on the Future and the Past
285
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303
Toward a General Theory of Reactivation
323
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336
Epilogue
369
Notes
379
Bibliography of Curries Writings
417

The Plan of the Four Strategies 197174
240
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