By G. Harcourt
On Skidelsky's Keynes and different Essays is a set of essays, biographies, assessment articles and tributes, targeting the lives and instances of the Cambridge university of Economists, and the titanic contribution that those thinkers, together with the writer, made to the self-discipline.
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Vol. XIV, 1973b, 85) thought that the explanation of how the point of effective demand is determined at the intersection of the aggregate demand and aggregate supply schedules was the great leap forward (and the restoration of aggregate demand in ‘the theory of the demand and supply for output as a whole’ after many years absence was the vital first step in making such a leap). From this follows all the subsequent analysis of the components of aggregate demand and their determinants, of aggregate supply (again, its treatment was too skimpy when seen with the hindsight of tactical retrospective), of the determination of the rate of interest and the role of money, of the effects of dropping the provisional assumption of a given money-wage (again, it was a tactical mistake to have assumed it given for 18 chapters), and, finally, of the determination of the general price level in non-quantity theory of money terms.
Prior to Pigou’s book he had had to create the classical system by the process of rational reconstruction. , vol. XXIX, 1979, 76–102). Their disappearance from The General Theory itself Lorie Tarshis (see, for example, Tarshis 1989) always thought was a grave intellectual and tactical mistake which muddled the discussion of Say’s Law and of how the intervention of money distanced the entrepreneur economy from the first two in subtle and ingenious ways. , vol. XIV, 1973b, 85) thought that the explanation of how the point of effective demand is determined at the intersection of the aggregate demand and aggregate supply schedules was the great leap forward (and the restoration of aggregate demand in ‘the theory of the demand and supply for output as a whole’ after many years absence was the vital first step in making such a leap).
Keynes was Britain’s ‘envoy extraordinary’ over Lend-Lease, and it meant he made four hazardous voyages to the United States during the war, and two after it. In a reminder to readers that communications during the war years were not as they are now, Skidelsky takes the opportunity to point out how this also greatly increased the power and autonomy of envoys such as Keynes: Keynes’s position as plenipotentiary at large was powerfully reinforced by the slowness and erratic nature of communications between Washington and London ...