New PDF release: American economic policy in the 1980s

By Martin Feldstein

ISBN-10: 0226240932

ISBN-13: 9780226240930

ISBN-10: 0226241734

ISBN-13: 9780226241739

Destined to turn into the normal advisor to the industrial coverage of the USA throughout the Reagan period, this publication offers an authoritative checklist of the industrial reforms of the Nineteen Eighties. In his creation, Martin Feldstein offers compelling research of regulations with which he was once heavily concerned as chairman of the Council of monetary Advisers in the course of the Reagan management: financial and trade expense coverage, tax coverage, and finances concerns. different best economists and policymakers research various household and foreign concerns, together with financial and trade fee coverage, rules and antitrust, in addition to exchange, tax, and funds guidelines. The participants to this quantity are Alberto Alesina, Phillip Areeda, Elizabeth Bailey, William F. Baxter, C. Fred Bergsten, James Burnley, Geoffrey Carliner, Christopher DeMuth, Douglas W. Elmendorf, Thomas O. Enders, Martin Feldstein, Jeffrey A. Frankel, Don Fullerton, William M. Isaac, Paul L Joskow, Paul Krugman, Robert E. Litan, Russell B. lengthy, Michael Mussa, William A. Niskanen, Roger G. Noll, Lionel H. Olmer, Rudolph Penner, William Poole, James M. Poterba, Harry M. Reasoner, William R. Rhodes, J. David Richardson, Charles Schultze, Paula Stern, David Stockman, William Taylor, James Tobin, W. Kip Viscusi, Paul A. Volcker, Charles E. Walker, David A. clever, and Richard G. Woodbury.

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Of course, it wanted to make money too, but this was accomplished only to the extent that the customer was satisfied. Carty had a self-interested reason for using this language and imagery. The professional ambitions of the corporate scientists meshed nicely with an emerging corporate creed about the centrality of consumerism and material abundance in American life. By stressing the importance of science to corporate expansion, corporate scientists were not simply selling themselves to the directors of their organizations; they were presenting themselves and their corporations together to the public as the crucial figures in the reorientation of America’s political economy.

Jewett’s conception of his professional and public identity depended on the assumption that the interests of corporate science and corporations were identical. But were they? Scientists gained popular acclaim and media attention only to the extent that they appeared to be ‘‘wizards,’’ bringing on new technological marvels and enhancing the comfort and luxury of the individual American. In a culture in which the public expected scientists merely to be wizards, there was little cultural space to argue, as Jewett would in the 1930s, for scientists to engage in the wider application of the ‘‘scientific method’’ in America’s political a√airs.

It was initially formed under the auspices of the National Research Council (nrc), but the group proved so useful to its members that it broke away from the nrc and became a self-sustaining entity. Its purpose was to allow the lab directors like Reese, Jewett, Whitney, and others to meet monthly and discuss common problems and strategies. Ω The general practices of corporate science made it easier than in academia for scientists of di√erent fields to collaborate and move across intellectual boundaries.

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