Featured Review: Essays in Keynesian Persuasion

The prominent and renowned post-Keynesian economist and academic ​Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Harcourt AO has become the most recent voice to provide critical acclaim for Maria Cristina Marcuzzo’s collection Essays in Keynesian Persuasion (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019). Harcourt is Emeritus Reader in the History of Economic Theory, University of Cambridge (1998), Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge (1998) and Professor Emeritus, University of Adelaide (1988). He has authored, co-authored or edited almost 30 books and over 350 articles, book chapters and reviews. His glowing review of Essays in Keynesian Persuasion—excerpts of which can be found below—appeared recently in the History of Economics Review.

Marcuzzo’s collection of essays of provides a comprehensive and detailed account of several aspects of the Cambridge School of Economics, which featured a number of outstanding figures such as Keynes, Sraffa, Kahn, and Joan Robinson. Scholars interested in heterodox economics, the history of economic thought and political economy will find in the study the Keynesian leitmotivs—the fight against unemployment, and the roles of money and uncertainty—which make Keynes’s legacy relevant for today’s world. The contributions are written in the spirit of Keynes, and are persuasive and accessible to the general public.

Maria Cristina Marcuzzo, who is Full Professor in Economics at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”, Italy, and a Fellow of the Italian Academy of Lincei, has published around 100 articles in academic journals and books, as well as authoring and editing 20 volumes. According to Harcourt, she is “the ideal person” to analyse Keynes:

0849962_essays-in-keynesian-persuasion_300“She is a fine theorist, an outstanding worker in archives, and a well-informed historian of the evolution of economic ideas and of the historical contexts in which they evolved. She knew well some of the most important colleagues and friends of Keynes, especially Richard Kahn, ‘Keynes’s favourite pupil’, Joan Robinson, and Nicholas Kaldor, who, though not a pupil or colleague, became one of the most important economists to explain and develop Keynes’s ideas, as well as being the person whose activities in the post-war period most resembled those of Keynes.”

He concludes his review by stating that the text is

an outstanding volume of relevant essays on key issues, drawing on history and thorough understanding of the contributions of past great economists. The essays of Cristina Marcuzzo and her co-authors should greatly enhance readers’ understanding of essential ideas and issues.”

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The above quotations from G. C. Harcourt, ‘Essays in Keynesian Persuasion,’ History of Economics Review, copyright © History of Economic Thought Society of Australia, are reprinted with permission of Taylor & Francis Ltd, http://www.tandfonline.com on behalf of History of Economic Thought Society of Australia.

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