ISBN-10:
1847207332
ISBN-13:
9781847207333
Pub. Date:
05/28/2008
Publisher:
Edward Elgar Publishing
Ralph Harris in His Own Words, the Selected Writings of Lord Harris

Ralph Harris in His Own Words, the Selected Writings of Lord Harris

by Ralph Harris, Colin RobinsonRalph Harris

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Overview

When Lord Harris of High Cross (Ralph Harris) died in October 2006, at the age of 81, the tributes to him described him as one of the ‘men who changed Britain’. Friends and opponents alike acknowledged that Ralph, in his role as General Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and in partnership with his friend, Arthur Seldon, had been instrumental in providing the ideas and the intellectual entrepreneurship that sparked the ‘Thatcher revolution’ of the 1980s, transforming the British economy from one of the worst performers among developed countries to one of the best.

This book selects from Ralph’s considerable opus, revealing that economics need not always be a ‘dismal science’. Economic analysis was, in the hands of Ralph Harris, deployed to great effect in plain language and with a wit and wisdom that made it fun.


Colin Robinson’s Introduction places Ralph Harris’ work in context and provides an invaluable insight into the author’s beliefs and personality.


Ralph Harris in His Own Words will be warmly welcomed and read by academics and researchers of economics, politics and the history of ideas as well as those interested in the work of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847207333
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ralph Harris, Edited and with an Introduction by Colin Robinson, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Surrey, UK

Table of Contents

Contents:


Foreword

Lord Howe of Aberavon


Editor’s Introduction

Colin Robinson


PART I: PAPERS ON IEA-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Living with Arthur

Watch Out for the ‘Peter Principle’

Who Invented Buckingham?

An Independent Station

Now for ‘Planning’

Market versus State

Behind Enemy Lines


PART II: PAPERS ON MARKETS AND FREEDOM

Adam Smith: Revolutionary for the Third Millenium

Hayek: The Arch Radical Reactionary?

The Challenge of a Radical Reactionary

Morality and Markets: Gospel of an Economist

No, Prime Minister! Ralph Harris Against the Consensus


PART III: HOUSE OF LORDS SPEECHES

No, Minister! (Early House of Lords Speeches, 1981–1984)

House of Lords Speeches, 1984–2004


PART IV: SELECTED OBITUARIES

The Times

The Daily Telegraph

The Economist

The Independent

The Financial Times


Index

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