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Rediscovering Economic Policy as a Discipline

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  • Date Published: July 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108454919

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  • Government interventions in market failures can encounter objections from those who doubt their efficacy. Acocella, a leading expert on economic policy, counters these unfounded criticisms, making the convincing case for the foundation, coordination and reach of government action through economic policy. Arguing for the governmental potential to devise democratic, fair and effective institutions and policies, this book also demonstrates the validity of the principles outlined by Frisch and Tinbergen, amongst others, for controlling the economy, in a strategic context, equivalent to the rational expectations assumption. Demonstrating how unconventional monetary policies (such as macro-prudential regulation, new fiscal rules, and new forms of international policy coordination) can offer an effective response to the multiplicity of current economic issues, the recent financial crisis arguably indicates that economic policy must once again take centre stage as the applied complement to mainstream economic theory.

    • Makes a strong case for economic policy as a viable and vital response to market failure
    • Proposes governmental interventions in tackling current issues, using innovative analysis to argue for the ability of public policy to steer the economy
    • Complex maths is kept to a minimum in this approachable introduction economic policy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an exquisite and erudite scholarly work about the intellectual history of the foundations for economic policy. I have no doubt about the importance and the value of this book.' Matías Vernengo, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania

    'This book gives a clear discussion of the history and future of the discipline of economic policy, presenting a large amount of literature in a way which is accessible. It gives indispensable accounts of the history of the discipline of economic policy across different countries and its relation to national traditions in economics and (theoretical and practical) politics. The author makes you think over the related issues and question your own presuppositions, which is a major characteristic trait of a good scientific book. Considering recent economic problems, which are partly the long-term consequences of the financial crisis, alongside the results of other policy failures, it is of utmost importance to provide serious material about economic policy, and this is just what this text does.' Reinhard Neck, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108454919
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Economic Policy as a Discipline
    Part II. Economic Policy in the Present Tense.

  • Author

    Nicola Acocella, Sapienza Università di Roma
    Nicola Acocella is Emeritus Professor of Economic Policy, Sapienza University, Rome. His fields of specialisation include welfare economics, theory of economic policy, policy games, and monetary and fiscal policy, amongst others. He has published in prominent journals and authored a number of books, including Economic Policy in the Age of Globalisation (2005), and, with Giovanni di Bartolomeo and Andrew Hughes Hallett, Macroeconomic Paradigms and Economic Policy (Cambridge, 2016).

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