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Leaving it alone

R.G. Opie, 21 April 1983

Britain can work 
by Ian Gilmour.
Martin Robertson, 272 pp., £8.95, March 1983, 0 85520 571 7
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The Use of Public Power 
by Andrew Shonfield, edited by Zuzanna Shonfield.
Oxford, 140 pp., £9.95, January 1983, 0 19 215357 9
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... will also deteriorate? We can hardly ever know for certain. But we can look about us. Andrew Shonfield, in the sadly truncated sequel to his excellent Modern Capitalism, does so. Observing and analysing the major economies since the war, he argues that there is no natural mechanism at work to determine the overall level of economic activity. Fortunately ...

Keynesian International

David Marquand, 5 July 1984

Controlling the Economic Future: Policy Dilemmas in a Shrinking World 
by Michael Stewart.
Harvester, 192 pp., £18.95, November 1983, 0 7108 0182 3
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In Defence of the Mixed Economy 
by Andrew Shonfield, edited by Zuzanna Shonfield.
Oxford, 231 pp., £15, February 1984, 0 19 215359 5
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The Welfare State in Crisis: Social Thought and Social Change 
by Ramesh Mishra.
Harvester, 208 pp., £15.95, December 1983, 0 7108 0240 4
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... at the cost of sharing its power. That is only the beginning of the story. The late Sir Andrew Shonfield was one of the last, and in our time one of the greatest, representatives of the 19th-century tradition of political economy. His posthumously-published study of the institutional and philosophical dilemmas now facing managed welfare capitalism is ...

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