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 62: James Edward Meade

Susan Howson


James Meade (1907–1995), although Oxford educated, was one of the very first Keynesians, a member of the Cambridge “circus” which met to analyse and criticize Keynes’s just published Treatise on Money in the early months of 1931. Not only did he use Keynesian ideas in his writings throughout his long career, but he was also a major player in the implementation of Keynesian policies in Britain during and immediately after the Second World War. This chapter describes his encounters with Keynes and his use and development of Keynesian economics in his academic policy work.

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