'At a time when both the academic and the political establishment combine to convince us that there is no alternative to finance dominated capitalism, this lucidly argued book provides a refreshing intellectual challenge to conventional wisdom. Despite its relatively modest title Distribution and Growth after Keynes: A Post-Keynesian Guide Professor Eckhard Hein achieves much more than just guiding the reader through the literature. With many original insights he discriminates with masterly skill among a wide range of theories about long term capitalistic growth, contrasting them against mainstream neoclassical growth models. He weaves his argument with stylized facts and statistical analyses to provide us with a coherent view of complex issues like class conflict and cooperation, the nature of the modern firm and its financial structure, technical progress, external trade and financial globalization, topics not dealt with in most over-simplified aggregate growth models. The book should be an essential reading not only for all researchers in the area but also for students who want to be equipped to imagine a feasible economic alternative in a rigorous way with the help of economic theory.' - Amit Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and Pavia University, Italy 'The recent global financial and economic recession has underscored the shortcomings of mainstream macroeconomic and growth theory. Hein provides an excellent guide to an alternative theory that draws on the ideas of Kalecki and Steindl. After reviewing the contributions of these pioneers, he provides an authoritative discussion of theoretical models, empirical analyses and controversies related to this tradition. The book can be expected to draw the attention of students and scholars to an approach to the study of growth and distribution that has much to offer.' - Amitava Krishna Dutt, University of Notre Dame and FLACSO, Ecuador 'At a time where income inequality is once again the focus of attention of economists, politicians and the general public, Hein's book is a welcome and pedagogical addition to the literature as it presents a fully integrated overview of the post-Keynesian models of growth and income distribution, dealing with the classics of the field as well as the latest extensions, to which Eckhard Hein has himself contributed.' - Marc Lavoie, University of OttawaVom Verlag:
In this book theories of distribution and growth after Keynes are reviewed and assessed. The first part presents a comprehensive overview of the main contributions including the approaches by Harrod and Domar, old and new neoclassical theories including the fundamental capital controversy critique, the post-Keynesian contributions of Kaldor, Pasinetti, Thirlwall and Robinson, as well as the approaches by Kalecki and Steindl. The second part of the book develops neo- and post-Kaleckian models, gradually introducing saving from wages and international trade, technological progress, money, interest and credit. It also explores issues of 'financialisation' and presents the empirical results of model applications.
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