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

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

9781847207333 Edward Elgar Publishing
Ralph Harris, Edited and with an Introduction by Colin Robinson, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Surrey, UK
Publication Date: 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84720 733 3 Extent: 360 pp
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.

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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.
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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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