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The Return to Keynes

The Return to Keynes

Edited by Bradley W. Bateman, Toshiaki Hirai, and Maria Cristina Marcuzzo

ISBN 9780674035386

Publication date: 02/15/2010

Keynesian economics, which proposed that the government could use monetary and fiscal policy to help the economy avoid the extremes of recession and inflation, held sway for thirty years after World War II. However, it was discredited after the stagflation of the 1970s, which not only proved resistant to traditional Keynesian policies but was actually thought to be caused by them. By the 1990s, the anti-Keynesian counter-revolution seemed to reach its pinnacle with the award of several Nobel Prizes in economics to its architects at the University of Chicago.

However, with the collapse of the dot-com boom in 2000 and the attacks of 9/11 a year later, the nature of macroeconomic policy debate took a turn. The collapse prompted a major shift in macroeconomic policy, as the Bush administration and other governments around the world began to resort to Keynesian measures—both monetary and fiscal policies—to stabilize the economy. The Keynesian rebirth has been most dramatically illustrated during the past year when central banks have pumped billions of dollars of liquidity into the world’s financial system to address the crises of confidence, illiquidity, and insolvency that were triggered by the sub-prime lending crisis. The Return to Keynes puts Keynesian economics in a fresh perspective in order to assess this surprising new era in economic policy making.


  • During the 1990s, John Maynard Keynes, and Keynesian economics, were declared to be well and truly dead. Then came the financial and economic crises of 2008 and they were reborn as a way of understanding economies with significant unemployment. This excellent collection of essays, brought together by three prominent scholars of Keynes and Keynesian policy, will be a convenient way for those who have forgotten Keynesian economics to refresh themselves, and for others to learn for the first time.

    —Craufurd Goodwin, Duke University


  • Bradley W. Bateman is President of Randolph College and was formerly Provost and Professor of Economics at Denison University.
  • Toshiaki Hirai is Professor of Economics, Sophia University, Tokyo.
  • Maria Cristina Marcuzzo is Professor of Political Economy, Sapienza University of Rome.

Book Details

  • 320 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press