Say’s Law And The Keynesian Revolution
How Macroeconomic Theory Lost its Way
Steven Kates, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
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This highly original contribution examines one of the most controversial concepts in the history of economics – the true meaning of the Law of Markets. This has been a contentious issue since the publication of Keynes’s General Theory, but has also divided economists since it first emerged almost two centuries ago in the writings of James Mill. This book discusses the change in the understanding of the nature of the business cycle wrought by the General Theory whose major innovation in overturning Say’s Law was to introduce demand deficiency into mainstream economic thought.
Contents: Introduction 1. Say’s Law in the Structure of the General Theory 2. J.-B. Say, James Mill and Robert Torrens 3. David Ricardo 4. John Stuart Mill 5. Say’s Law in English Classical Theory 6. Say’s Law in the Classical Theory of the Business Cycle 7. Keynes’s Discovery of Say’s Law 8. Influences Deepening Keynes’s Understanding of Say’s Law 9. The Early Post-General Theory Evolution of Say’s Law 10. Modern Interpretations of Say’s Law 11. Critics of the Modern Interpretation 12. Conclusion Appendix Bibliography Index