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Does economic growth make you happy?
Robert Skidelsky
Times Literary Supplement | Thursday, September 27, 2012

Adair Turner is the jewel in the crown of British public servants. He is one of a tiny minority in public life today capable of thinking and acting at the highest level. Economics after the Crisis, based on three lectures he delivered at the London School of Economics in 2010, is a thinking person’s delight, not least for the clear and lucid way in which Turner sets out his arguments. His book challenges the three main planks of what he calls the “instrumental conventional wisdom”. The first is that the object of policy should be to maximize Gross Domestic Product per head; the second, that the primary means of doing this is to create freer markets; the third, that increased inequality is acceptable as long as it delivers superior growth.

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Book Review: On the threshold - of what?
Robert Skidelsky
Times Literary Supplement | Friday, December 26, 2008

The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: easy money, high rollers and the great credit crash
by Charles R. Morris
Public Affairs £13.99
The Credit Crunch: housing bubbles, globalization and the worldwide economic crisis
by Graham Turner
Pluto Press. Paperback. £14.99
The Conscience of a Liberal: reclaiming America from the Right
By Paul Krugman
Allen Lane. £20.
Common Wealth: economics for a crowded planet
By Jeffrey Sachs
386pp. Penguin. £22.
New Frontiers in Free Trade: Globalization’s future and Asia’s rising role
By Razeen Sally
Cato Institute. $18.95
The Economists’ Voice: Top economists take on today’s problems
By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Aaron S. Edlin and J. Bradford DeLong. editors
Columbia University Press. £14.95
Of the six

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Book Review: Now You Don’t
Robert Skidelsky
Times Literary Supplement | Friday, June 25, 2004

Decline of the Public
by David Marquand
Polity. Paperback, £14.99
The world is filling up with disillusioned Blairites, and not just because of the Prime Minister's unswerving support for George W. Bush's foreign policy.
David Marquand swells the chorus with this powerful and eloquent polemic.
Marquand hoped that a "New Labour" Government would reinvigorate "the public domain" of British life, hollowed out, as he saw it by the privatizing and centralizing assaults of Margaret Thatcher. Instead, he finds that the tendencies he deplores have raced ahead under Tony Blair. So the task remains to be done. Marquand is himself an ornament of the public domain: political philosopher, politician, European. In Decline of the Public he has

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Book Review: A stake in the heart
Robert Skidelsky
Times Literary Supplement | Friday, January 21, 2000

The Stakeholder Society
by Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott
Yale University Press. £16.95.
In the 1980s, both Communism and democratic socialism succumbed to globalization. There is much about this double defeat which is still mysterious, not least its rough coincidence in time. What is clear is that, from the 1970s onwards, socialism started to recede. It lost its intellectual hegemony, its political support, its technological rationale. The God which was seen to have failed was collectivism - the centralized planning of a society's future. 
Margaret Thatcher in Britain and Ronald Reagan in the United States set out to shrink the role of the State in the economy. They lauded free enterprise and individual responsibility, and

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Doing good and being good
Robert Skidelsky
Times Literary Supplement | Friday, March 26, 1999

Shaw was much older than Keynes. He was born in 1856, Keynes in 1883. He was a Victorian, Keynes an Edwardian. When their lives started to criss-cross after the First World War, Keynes was in his forties, Shaw already in his seventies.
There is a photograph of them together on the steps of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in 1935, the only one, I think. It must have been an official occasion, for Keynes is in gown and mortarboard, a middle-aged don with a grey moustache, his face that of a man of business as well as a scholar, gazing impassively into the camera. Shaw stands beside him, a little apart, looking wary - he didn't like universities - very erect, a Methuselah with a white beard seemingly eviscerated by his vegetarian diet.

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