Leon H. Keyserling

Leon H. Keyserling : A Progressive Economist

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Leon H. Keyserling: A Progressive Economist is the insightful biography of the life and thought of the influential liberal reformer Leon H. Keyserling. By examining Keyserling's life in the context of integrative liberalism, an often-overlooked philosophy of reform in the second half of the twentieth century, the biography aims to explore the origins of the concept of integrative liberalism and Keyserling's contribution to the concept through his policies and politics.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739140833
  • 9780739140833

About Donald K. Pickens

Donald K. Pickens is a professor of history at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Eugenics and the Progressives and co-author of America in Process.show more

Review quote

This book is a timely and relevant analysis of the philosophy of Keyserling, an economic adviser to the President-an important man in terms of economic history and policy for his era and for ours today. A good and revealing read! -- W. Robert Brazelton, University of Missouri, Kansas City From his boyhood near Beaufort, South Carolina, to his work as an architect of the New Deal, Leon Keyserling cared deeply about the poor and the powerless. Professor Donald Pickens reflects on the doctrines of Hegel, Keynes, and Dewey, and on the influences of mentors Rexford Tugwell and Senator Robert Wagner, to explain Keyserling's faith in economic growth and social engineering to solve the crises of the business cycle. -- Dale Rosengarten, College of Charleston A major figure in the post-World War history of American political economy, Leon Keyserling has long needed a full biography. Donald K. Pickens has met that need with this excellent account of Keyserling's life and career. -- Charles C. Alexander, Ohio Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Beaufort and New York City Years Chapter 3 Keyserling, Wagner and the New Deal Integrative Liberalism Chapter 4 Housing, World War II and Integrative Liberalism Chapter 5 Integrative Liberalism and the Council of Economic Advisors, 1946-1953 Chapter 6 Keyserling and the "Defunct Economists" Chapter 7 A Liberal in Exile: Keyserling in Eisenhower's America Chapter 8 The Sixties: The New Deal Legacy and Integrative Liberalism's Future Chapter 9 From Nixon to Reagan: The Age of Limits and the Eclipse of Integrative Liberalism Chapter 10 The End Game: Keyserling and Reaganismshow more