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Hayek and After : Hayekian Liberalism as a Research Programme

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This book offers a distinctive treatment of Hayek's ideas, as a "research programme". It presents a detailed account of aspects of Hayek's intellectual development and of problems that arise within his work, and then offers some broad suggestions as to ways in which the programme initiated in his work might be developed further.
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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 14.22mm | 386g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0415406846
  • 9780415406840
  • 1,766,450

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This book offers a distinctive treatment of Hayek's ideas as a 'research programme'. It presents a detailed account of aspects of Hayek's intellectual development and problems that arise within his work, and offers some broad suggestions of ways in which the programme initiated in his work might be developed further. The book opens with an overview, and then discusses how Popper and Lakatos's ideas about research programmes might be applied within political theory. There then follows a distinctive presentation of Hayek's intellectual development up to The Road to Serfdom, together with critical engagement with his later ideas. The discussion draws on a full range of his writings, makes use of some neglected earlier work on social theory and law, and also draws on archival material. The book also makes some unusual comparisons, including discussions of Gaventa and of E. P. Thompson, and presents controversial suggestions on how a 'Hayekian' approach should be further developed. The book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Hayek's work and to those concerned with twentieth century intellectual history. It offers a distinctive interpretation of his views and a particularly wide-ranging survey of what in the author's view now needs to be done in the pursuit of a Hayekian approach to classical liberalism.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. From Socialism to the Road to Serfdom 3. Hayek's Later Thought 4. Commercial Society, Social Justice and Disaggregation 5. Post-Hayekian Political Economy 6. Why Our Freedom Matters to Others 7. Knowledge and Imperfection in a Minimal State
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"In Shearmur, Hayke has found an intellectual biographer who can rise to the task of following Hayek across his many fields of inquiry. Shearmur is as adept as Hayek in moving from economics, to history, to politics, and beyond... Well-researched, thoughtful, and comprehensive in scope, Shearmur's book provides a useful starting point for future scholars seeking to understand Hayek, his work, and his influence. "Constitutional Political Economy, June 2000, Volume 11, Number 2."
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