The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes
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The Elgar Companion to John Maynard Keynes

Edited by Robert W. Dimand and Harald Hagemann

The most influential and controversial economist of the twentieth century, John Maynard Keynes was the leading founder of modern macroeconomics, and was also an important historical figure as a critic of the Versailles Peace Treaty after World War I and an architect of the Bretton Woods international monetary system after World War II. This comprehensive Companion elucidates his contributions, his significance, his historical context and his continuing legacy.
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Chapter 25: “Am I a Liberal?”

Robert W. Dimand

Abstract

Keynes’s address to the Liberal Summer School, “Am I a Liberal?” (reprinted in Essays in Persuasion), outlined his social and political philosophy. Speaking in the wake of the Liberal Party’s disastrous losses in the 1924 British general election, Keynes called on Liberals to turn from nineteenth-century shibboleths to economic and, especially, social issues relevant to twentieth-century Britain.

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