The General Theory and Keynes for the 21st Century
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The General Theory and Keynes for the 21st Century

Edited by Sheila Dow, Jesper Jespersen and Geoff Tily

This book is devoted to the lasting impact of The General Theory (and Keynes’s thought) on macroeconomic theory, methodology and its relevance for understanding the post-crisis challenges of the 21st Century. A number of contributions take their departure from Keynes's presentation during the 1930's of his new macroeconomic understanding and its policy implications. Other chapters take a more pluralistic view of Keynes's ideas and their importance for contemporary debates. Further, it is demonstrated that many textbooks often misrepresent The General Theory and therefore cannot be a reliable guide to 21st Century economic policy.
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Chapter 14: No invitation to ‘Alles Walzer!’: Schumpeter on The General Theory

Heinz D. Kurz

Abstract

The chapter discusses Schumpeter’s reception of The General Theory and the criticisms he levelled at it. To what extent are these criticisms pertinent and to what extent are they based on misunderstandings and unable to be sustained? The chapter then turns briefly to the heretic elements in the analyses of Keynes and Schumpeter and shows that, important differences notwithstanding, they had more in common by temperament and vision than is typically acknowledged.

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