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Author Bernstein, Michael A.
Title A Perilous Progress : Economists and Public Purpose in Twentieth-Century America.
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014.

Author Bernstein, Michael A.
Subject Council of Economic Advisers (U.S.) -- History.
Economists -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Economics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Economic policy -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (377 pages)
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; A Note on the Notes; Prologue. Being Ignored; Introduction. Professional Expertise as a Historical Problem; 1. Shaping an Authoritative Community; 2. Prospects, Puzzles, and Predicaments; 3. The Mobilization of Resources and Vice Versa; 4. On Behalf of the National Security State; 5. Statecraft and Its Retainers; 6. Statecraft and Its Discontents; Epilogue. Being Ignored (Reprise); Notes; Bibliography and Reference Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; Index.
Summary The economics profession in twentieth-century America began as a humble quest to understand the ""wealth of nations."" It grew into a profession of immense public prestige--and now suffers a strangely withered public purpose. Michael Bernstein portrays a profession that has ended up repudiating the state that nurtured it, ignoring distributive justice, and disproportionately privileging private desires in the study of economic life. Intellectual introversion has robbed it, he contends, of the very public influence it coveted and cultivated for so long. With wit and irony he examines how a c.
ISBN 9781400865086 (electronic bk.)
1400865085 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1515/9781400865086
OCLC # 884013953
Additional Format Print version: Bernstein, Michael A. A Perilous Progress : Economists and Public Purpose in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014 9780691119670

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