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John Maynard Keynes : Free Trader or Protectionist?

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John Maynard Keynes: Free Trader or Protectionist? sheds light on Keynes' position on the issue of free versus protected international trade. Over his lifetime, Keynes' position altered from free to restricted trade, and quite possibly back to his original position by the end of his career. Ultimately this book demonstrates that he did not return to the tenets of classical free trade, but favored instead some form of managed trade-a position consistent with his views on the domestic economy.show more

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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739189514
  • 9780739189511
  • 1,728,780

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The author accurately presents Keynes's views over the major issues...and his [the author's] research is thorough; in fact, the bibliography of contemporary sources is quite valuable ... The focus on contemporary sources is laudable...The book serves well as a brief introduction to Keynes's thought on trade and the international monetary system. Economic History Review Joseph Cammarosano provides a much needed and meticulously researched account of the evolution of Keynes's views on free trade in the broader context of his thoughts on internal and external balance and the international monetary system. He convincingly shows how, despite changes in his views on the matter over time, Keynes was consistent in becoming increasingly more committed to pragmatic trade policies that further social justice and the common good rather than to a dogmatic adherence to free trade. Therefore, when he thought that the conditions for the UK warranted it, Keynes opposed orthodoxy by espousing protectionism. John Maynard Keynes: Free Trader or Protectionist? also nicely exposes the vacuity of the widespread branding of those who rebel against free trade fundamentalism with the disparaging label 'protectionist'. -- Amitava Krishna Dutt, University of Notre Dame Keynes's subtle policy shifts on the trade question over time are captured and explained by Cammarosano. The reader gains a grasp of Keynes's thought processes and of the economic theory and economic history that fed them. Keynes came to understand that neither perfectly free trade nor protectionism provide all of the needed answers. He sought to balance the long-run advantages of free trade with the short-run advantages of sheltering the domestic economy in the face of less than full employment. -- Jesse T. Richman, Old Dominion Universityshow more

About Joseph R. Cammarosano

A veteran of World War II, Joseph Cammarosano has served as an economist in the U.S. Bureau of the Budget and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Cammarosano has also served as professor of economics, vice president of finance, and executive vice president of Fordham University.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: The Priority of Internal over External Considerations as evidenced by Keynes' Opposition to the Pre-World War I International Gold Standard Chapter 1: Keynes' Attack on the International Gold Standard Chapter 2: Keynes' Opposition to the Restoration of the British Pound to its Pre-War Parity of Exchange Chapter 3: Keynes' Search for a Managed Monetary Standard Part II: The Evolution of Keynes' Thinking on Foreign Trade from World War I to World War II Chapter 4: Keynes' Early Foreign Trade Views Chapter 5: Keynes' Views on Commercial Policy in his Treatise on Money Chapter 6: Keynes' Endorsement of Protectionism as a Solution to Britain's Economic Problems Chapter 7: Keynes' Proposal for a Revenue Tariff Chapter 8: Keynes' Advocacy of National Autarky for Great Britain Part III: The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money and its Relevance for Keynes' Foreign Trade Views Chapter 9: The Implications of Keynes' Theory of Employment and his Reflections on the Mercantilists for Orthodox Free Trade Part IV: Keynes' Views on Foreign Trade during and after World War II Chapter 10: Keynes and the Currency Proposals for the Expansion of Multilateral International Trade following the End of World War II Chapter 11: Keynes and the Anglo-American Loan Chapter 12: Summary and Conclusions References About the Authorshow more