Michał Kalecki: An Intellectual Biography

  • Toporowski J
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This volume of intellectual biography records the work of Michał Kalecki's maturity: his work on monetary economics and the theory of profits; his work on the problems of socialism and developing countries; and the extension of his theory of capitalism to define his work in relation to Keynes and previous political economic principles. Kalecki had, by 1939, laid out the essential elements of his theory of the business cycle in capitalism. This book begins at Oxford where, at the Institute of Statistics, he worked on the economic planning and financing of World War Two, as well as extending and detailing the particulars of his theory and examining the conditions for full employment in the post-War international monetary and financial system. Kalecki would then work for the United Nations on full employment, inflation, and developing countries. He departed from the United Nations in 1955, and returned to Poland to extend two new directions of his ideas - on the economics of developing countries and his theory of growth in the socialist economy, alongside further work on business cycles. This book is essential reading for all those who want to understand Kalecki's lasting contribution to economic theory and policy. Chapter 1. Wages in 'free and fair competition' -- Chapter 2. A farewell to the 1930s -- Chapter 3. Oxford -- Chapter 4. Amongst friends again? -- Chapter 5. Progress and profit -- Chapter 6. Profits and money -- Chapter 7. The political economy of full employment -- Chapter 8. Planning for peace -- Chapter 9. The transition period -- Chapter 10. At the United Nations -- Chapter 11. The disenchantment at the United Nations -- Chapter 12. The possibilities of real existing socialism -- Chapter 13. Academic freedom -- Chapter 14. The last disappointment.




Toporowski, J. (2018). Michał Kalecki: An Intellectual Biography. Michał Kalecki: An Intellectual Biography. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69664-5

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