Keynes's principles of writing (innovative) economics

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Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
The Economic Record, 2006, 82 (259), pp. 396 - 407
Issue Date:
2006-01
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This paper investigates Keyness writings in the 1920s and 30s to uncover his views on the writing of economics, especially the writing of innovative or path-breaking works. His ideas were mainly presented in comments on other economists (particularly Marshall, Jevons and Malthus), and in reflections on his own experiences (chiefly in his 1932-33 lectures and a 1934 draft preface to the General Theory). These ideas are converted into five underlying principles, the implications of which are discussed in terms of their impact on the clarity and interpretation of his writings and of their relevance to all writings in economics
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