In Defence of the Mixed Economy

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In Defence of the Mixed Economy

By Andrew Shonfield
Oxford University Press, 1984
231 pp. $15.00
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"The changing balance of public and private power" was a major theme of the late Andrew Shonfield's work. The material in this second posthumous volume (the first was reviewed in Foreign Affairs, Spring 1983) deals with a number of key issues such as government intervention in the economy, corporatism, the revolt against public spending, and the differences between French and German planning. A high point is the substantial section on Japan, a country Shonfield studied but had not written about. Lady Shonfield has done a remarkable job of putting this book together and preserving the valuable, if incomplete, thoughts of her gifted husband.

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