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The Affluent Society Revisited$
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Mike Berry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686506.001.0001

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Why Revisit The Affluent Society?

Why Revisit The Affluent Society?

(p.1) 1 Why Revisit The Affluent Society?
The Affluent Society Revisited

Mike Berry

Oxford University Press

The rationale for the book’s focus and themes is outlined. The Affluent Society is ‘one of those books’ that define the economics discipline, standing in a long line starting with Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations – books that are deeply subversive of accepted ideas and theories, slow burns. It is a book that caused interest and effects beyond the economics discipline. Many of the themes raised speak to current concerns in our age of uncertainty sparked by the global financial crisis that erupted fifty years after it was published.

Keywords:   Affluent society, Galbraith, Keynes, Scarcity, Financial crisis

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