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Kenneth R. Hoover is professor of political science at Western Washington University. His previous books include The Elements of Social Scientific Thinking, Ideology and Political Life, and The Power of Identity: Politics in a New Key.
Chapter 1 Preface: Left, Center, and Right in the 20th Century
Chapter 2 Acknowledgements
Chapter 3 Of Identities, Ideas, and Ideologies
Chapter 4 The Pre-War World: Seeds of Struggle
Chapter 5 World War I: Unresolved Conflicts
Chapter 6 The Twenties: Government and the Market in Combat
Chapter 7 The Thirties: Duel of Allegiances
Chapter 8 World War II: Destruction and Deliverance
Chapter 9 The Post-War World: Denouement
Chapter 10 The Second Half-Century: From Ideas to Ideologies
Chapter 11 Developmental Turning Points and the Formation of Ideology
Chapter 12 The Oppositional Bind of Ideology
Chapter 13 Identity, Ideology, and Politics
In this well-written and amply researched and documented volume, Hoover analyzes the lives and motives of three giants on the world stage in the last century: John Maynard Keynes, Harold Laski, and Frederick Hayek. Hoover deftly examines the contrasting ideologies of these major 20th-century figures and the essence of their contributions and impact on contemporary politics and economics. Highly recommended.
— Choice Reviews
This is a very credible work of prodigious scholarship, with frequent keen analyses and insights, and written in a lively, attractive style.
— Kenneth Dolbeare, editor of American Political Thought
An important book and a fascinating, absorbing read.
— G. C. Harcourt, Jesus College, Cambridge University
I enormously enjoyed reading Economics as Ideology. The tradition of parallel and interacting biography is small but distinguished. Hoover adds a further dimension with his examination of the role of opposition, and his investigation of the link between social situation, individual circumstances, and thinking.
— Rodney Barker, London School of Economics
Economics as Ideology is a most engrossing book. It tells an important tale of the development of economic thinking through the stories of three giants of political economic thought. Lives intersected at the nexus of theory and practice told in a compelling, even dramatic, narrative makes for better reading than a novel. I kept wanting to know how it was going to turn out—even though I knew the general contours from the start. The book offers important background for understanding economic thinking as it has evolved. It will be greatly prized.
— Sanford F. Schram, Author of Praxis for the Poor: Piven and Cloward and the Future of Social Science in Social Welfare
The idea is simply splendid. It does make supreme sense to construct a history of theories of political economy in the 20th century around Keynes, Laski, and Hayek and the three do, in fact, succeed one another in 'hegemony' as the century unfolds. Inasmuch as Keynes and Hayek were interlocutors and rivals and duelists their relationship bears considerable drama and the fact that Hayek appears to have had the last laugh makes for high irony. It is a major achievement of this volume that Hoover never loses sight of the intellectual stakes in these debates.
— James Scott, Yale University
A rich portrait of the politics and intellectual life of Great Britain (and to a lesser extent, the United States) during the formative events of the century, and these chapters serve as a good general introduction to the ideas of these three men. A useful read for historians of economics and economic thought, as well as those with an interest in the development of political thought in the twentieth century.
— H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Economics as Ideology is, in short, popular intellectual history at a high level. For those seeking both an engaging review of the economic ideas that shaped much of the history of the twentieth century and short biographies of three principals in formulating and advancing these ideas, it is an enlightening and illuminating work.
— Journal of Markets & Morality
This is a valuable book, the subject of which is the grand sweep of twentieth-century British economic ideology from the standpoint of its crucial historical and biographical contexts. It will have particular significance for social scientists studying this subject or period in British history.
— Journal of British Studies