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Robert Skidelsky - Author

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Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Ecomony at Warwick University. His three-volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983,1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He is the author of The World after Communism (1995) and Keynes: The Return of the Master (2009). He was made a life peer in 1991, is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

Featured books by Robert Skidelsky

Britain Since 1900 - A Success Story?

Britain Since 1900 - A Success Story?

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2014

History, like the present, is always changing. Scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism and the eclipse of both the Marxist tradition and the 'Whig interpretation' that sees all history as progress, combined with the trajectories of nationalism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have generated unprecedented intellectual activity. In the final volume of this history of Britain, Robert Skidelsky takes on the question: how successful was Britain in the twentieth century. Taking in the loss of the British Empire, the 'ungovernable' 1970s, Britain's involvement in two world wars and unprecedented social change, this is a comprehensive and fascinating look at Britain's twentieth century.

Other books by Robert Skidelsky

Money and Government A Challenge to Mainstream Economics

Money and Government A Challenge to Mainstream Economics

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The dominant view in economics is that money and government should play only a minor role in economic life. Money, it is claimed, is nothing more than a medium of exchange; and economic outcomes are best left to the 'invisible hand' of the market. The view taken in this important new book is that the omnipresence of uncertainty make money and government essential features of any market economy. One reason we need money is because we don't know what the future will bring. Government - good government - makes the future more predictable and therefore reduces this kind of demand for money. After Adam Smith orthodoxy persistently espoused non-intervention, but the Great Depression of 1929-32 stopped the artificers of orthodox economics in their tracks. A precarious balance of forces between government, employers, and trade unions enabled Keynesian economics to emerge as the new policy paradigm of the Western world. However, the stagflation of the 1970s led to the rejection of Keynesian policy and a return to small-state neoclassical orthodoxy. Thirty years later, the 2008 global financial crash was severe enough to have shaken the re-vamped classical orthodoxy, but, curiously, this did not happen. Once the crisis had been overcome - by Keynesian measures taken in desperation - the pre-crash orthodoxy was reinstated, undermined but unbowed. Since 2008, no new 'big idea' has emerged, and orthodoxy has maintained its sway, enacting punishing austerity agendas that leave us with a still-anaemic global economy. This book aims to familiarise the reader with essential elements of Keynes's 'big idea'. By showing that much of economic orthodoxy is far from being the hard science it claims to be, it aims to embolden the next generation of economists to break free from their conceptual prisons and afford money and government the starring roles in the economic drama that they deserve.

Austerity vs Stimulus The Political Future of Economic Recovery

Austerity vs Stimulus The Political Future of Economic Recovery

Author: Robert Skidelsky, Nicolo Fraccaroli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2017

This timely book debates the economic and political logic of the austerity policies that have been implemented in the UK and in the Eurozone since 2010 and asks whether there is any alternative for these countries in the years ahead. The work reconsiders the austerity versus stimulus debate through the voices of those who proposed the successful idea of expansionary austerity and those who opposed it. The editors have brought together a collection of articles written by some of the most notable figures in the discipline, including the likes of Alberto Alesina, Ken Rogoff, Tim Besley, David Graeber, Vince Cable, and Paul Krugman. The book also features the debate between Niall Ferguson and Robert Skidelsky. These leading thinkers unveil a world where economists are far from agreeing on economic policy, and where politics often dominates the discussion. The question of whether the British government should have opted for austerity runs through the book, as well as how sustained economic recovery should be encouraged in the future. Scholars, students and members of the general public with an interest in the financial crisis and its lingering aftermath will find this work invaluable.

Who Runs the Economy? The Role of Power in Economics

Who Runs the Economy? The Role of Power in Economics

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2016

Since the financial crisis of 2008 and the following Great Recession, there has been surprisingly little change in the systems of ideas, institutions and policies which preceded the crash and helped bring it about. 'Mainstream' economics carries on much as it did before. Despite much discussion of what went wrong, very little has substantially changed. Perhaps the answer has something to do with power; a subject on which economics is unusually quiet. Whilst economics may be able to discuss bargaining power and market power, it fails to explore the reciprocal connections between economic ideas and politics: the political power of economic ideas on the one side, and the influence of power structures on economic thought on the other. This book explores how the supposedly neutral discipline of economics does not simply describe human behaviour, but in fact shapes it.

Who Runs the Economy? The Role of Power in Economics

Who Runs the Economy? The Role of Power in Economics

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2016

Since the financial crisis of 2008 and the following Great Recession, there has been surprisingly little change in the systems of ideas, institutions and policies which preceded the crash and helped bring it about. 'Mainstream' economics carries on much as it did before. Despite much discussion of what went wrong, very little has substantially changed. Perhaps the answer has something to do with power; a subject on which economics is unusually quiet. Whilst economics may be able to discuss bargaining power and market power, it fails to explore the reciprocal connections between economic ideas and politics: the political power of economic ideas on the one side, and the influence of power structures on economic thought on the other. This book explores how the supposedly neutral discipline of economics does not simply describe human behaviour, but in fact shapes it.

The Economic Crisis and the State of Economics

The Economic Crisis and the State of Economics

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2015

The Economic Crisis and the State of Economics brings together leading economists from a diverse set of backgrounds and presents their take on how economics can explain the current crisis but also how the crisis will affect economic thought.

Britain Since 1900 - A Success Story?

Britain Since 1900 - A Success Story?

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2014

History, like the present, is always changing. Scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism and the eclipse of both the Marxist tradition and the 'Whig interpretation' that sees all history as progress, combined with the trajectories of nationalism in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have generated unprecedented intellectual activity. In the final volume of this history of Britain, Robert Skidelsky takes on the question: how successful was Britain in the twentieth century. Taking in the loss of the British Empire, the 'ungovernable' 1970s, Britain's involvement in two world wars and unprecedented social change, this is a comprehensive and fascinating look at Britain's twentieth century.

Five years of crisis

Five years of crisis

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

John Maynard Keynes 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman

John Maynard Keynes 1883-1946: Economist, Philosopher, Statesman

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2013

THE DEFINITIVE SINGLE-VOLUME BIOGRAPHY Robert Skidelsky's three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes has been acclaimed as the authoritative account of the great economist-statesman's life. Here, Skidelsky has revised and abridged his magnum opus into one definitive book, which examines in its entirety the intellectual and ideological journey that led an extraordinarily gifted young man to concern himself with the practical problems of an age overshadowed by war. John Maynard Keynes offers a sympathetic account of the life of a passionate visionary and an invaluable insight into the economic philosophy that still remains at the centre of political and economic thought. ROBERT SKIDELSKY is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. ('This three-volume life of the British economist should be given a Nobel Prize for History if there was such a thing' - Norman Stone.) He was made a life peer in 1991, and a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. 'A masterpiece of biographical and historical analysis' - New York Times

Skidelsky on the Crisis

Skidelsky on the Crisis

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2012

Keynes The Return of the Master

Keynes The Return of the Master

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2010

In the debris of the financial crash of 2008, the principles of John Maynard Keynes,that economic storms are a normal part of the market system, that governments need to step in and use fiscal ammunition to prevent these storms from becoming depressions, and that societies that value the pursuit of money should reprioritize,are more pertinent and applicable than ever. In Keynes: The Return of the Master , Robert Skidelsky brilliantly synthesizes Keynes career and life, and offers nervous capitalists a positive answer to the question we now face: When unbridled capitalism falters, is there an alternative?

Keynes

Keynes

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2010

In the debris of the financial crash of 2008, the principles of John Maynard Keynesthat economic storms are a normal part of the market system, that governments need to step in and use fiscal ammunition to prevent these storms from becoming depressions, and that societies that value the pursuit of money should reprioritizeare more pertinent and applicable than ever. In Keynes: The Return of the Master, Robert Skidelsky brilliantly synthesizes Keynes career and life, and offers nervous capitalists a positive answer to the question we now face: When unbridled capitalism falters, is there an alternative?

Keynes The Return of the Master

Keynes The Return of the Master

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Robert Skidelsky's Keynes: The Return of the Master shows how the great economist's ideas not only explain why the current financial crisis occurred - but are our best way out. 'One would expect brokers to be wrong. If, in addition to their other inside advantages, they were capable of good advice, clearly they would have retired long ago with a large fortune' John Maynard Keynes When unbridled capitalism falters, is there an alternative? The twentieth century's most influential economist tells us that there is. John Maynard Keynes argued that an unmanaged market system is inherently unstable because of irreduceable uncertainty; that fiscal and monetary ammunition is needed to counter economic shocks; and that governments need to maintain enough total spending power in the economy to minimize the chance of serious recessions happening. 'The great economist's theories have never been more relevant ... and Robert Skidelsky is the guide of choice ... A must read' Paul Krugman, Observer 'Keynes's economic policies helped lift Britain from its 1930s slump. This accessible, timely study argues he could do the same again' Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times 'Masterly ... conveys complex ideas with clarity and controlled anger' Oliver Kamm, The Times 'Skidelsky knows more about Keynes than anyone alive ... he is righteous in his thunder ... provocative ... refreshing' Dwight Gardner, The New York Times 'Thought-provoking ... the best account I have read of the development of the credit crunch' Samuel Brittan, Financial Times Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He is also the author of the The World After Communism (1995).

The Economic Crisis and the State of Economics

The Economic Crisis and the State of Economics

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2010

The Economic Crisis and the State of Economics brings together leading economists from a diverse set of backgrounds and presents their take on how economics can explain the current crisis but also how the crisis will affect economic thought.

Russia's Place in the World in the 21st Century

Russia's Place in the World in the 21st Century

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2007

Russia's Choices The Duma Elections and After

Russia's Choices The Duma Elections and After

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2003

Financial Crises

Financial Crises

Author: Robert Skidelsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2000

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