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Alan Shipman: Wynne Godley, A Biography ‼️

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Cover via Google BooksAlan Shipman has written a biography of Wynne Godley! Palgrave Macmillan site for the book, or Google BooksDescription:This  timely biography of the economist  Wynne Godley (1926-2010) charts his long and often crisis-blown route to a new way of understanding  whole economies. It shows how early frustrations as a policy-maker enabled him to glimpse the cliff-edges other macro-modellers missed, and re-arm ‘Keynesian’ theory against the orthodoxy that had tried to absorb it. Godley gained notoriety for his economic commentaries – foreseeing the malaise of the 1970s, the Reagan-Thatcher slump, the unsustainable 1980s and 1990s booms, and the crises in the Eurozone and world economies after 2008. This foresight arose from a series of advances in his understanding of

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Alan Shipman: Wynne Godley, A Biography ‼️

cover via Google Books

Alan Shipman has written a biography of Wynne Godley! Palgrave Macmillan site for the book, or Google Books

Description:

This  timely biography of the economist  Wynne Godley (1926-2010) charts his long and often crisis-blown route to a new way of understanding  whole economies. It shows how early frustrations as a policy-maker enabled him to glimpse the cliff-edges other macro-modellers missed, and re-arm ‘Keynesian’ theory against the orthodoxy that had tried to absorb it. Godley gained notoriety for his economic commentaries – foreseeing the malaise of the 1970s, the Reagan-Thatcher slump, the unsustainable 1980s and 1990s booms, and the crises in the Eurozone and world economies after 2008. This foresight arose from a series of advances in his understanding of national accounting, price-setting, the role of modern finance, and the use of economic data, especially to grasp the interlinkage of stocks and flows. This biography also gives due attention to Godley’s life outside academic economics – including his chaotic childhood,  truncated career as a professional oboist, equally brief stints as a sculptor’s model and economist in industry, and a longer spell as  as a Treasury adviser with a mystery gift for forecasting.

This first full-length biography traces Wynne Godley’s long career from professional musician to public servant, policymaker, tormentor of conventional macroeconomics and creator of a workable alternative – all after escaping a childhood of decaying mansions and draconian schools, and rescuing his private world from the legacy of two Freuds. Drawing on Godley’s published and unpublished work and extensive interviews with those who knew him, the author explores Godley’s improbable life and explains the lasting significance of his work.

Chapters:

  1. Life Before Economics
  2. Under Treasury Rules 1956–1964
  3. Short-Term Forecasting
  4. Public Expenditure
  5. Planning, Tax Reform and Structural Change
  6. Gatecrashing the Cambridge Tradition
  7. Public Expenditure Revisited
  8. Sector Balances and ‘New Cambridge’
  9. Balance of Payments, Deindustrialisation and Protection
  10. Spectating on Thatcher and Major
  11. ‘Macroeconomics’
  12. The Research Council Showdown
  13. Wilderness and Wisdom
  14. Cassandra Across the Atlantic
  15. The Long Road to Redemption
  16. Monetary Economics and After
  17. The True Self

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