Stephen A. Marglin is the Walter Barker Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His books include The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community and Growth, Distribution, and Prices. He is a past Guggenheim Fellow and member of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
This important book aims to raise the analytical and theoretical
level of the ongoing debate between adherents of the neoclassical
general equilibrium model and the various schools of thought that
stem from Ricardian, Marxian and Keynesian roots. Its systematic
approach, elegant exposition, uncompromising completeness, and
technical mastery lead one to hope that it may make some headway...
It is an ideal text for graduate students of economic theory. In
addition to introducing the most important deep questions of modern
theory, it is a treasure trove of mathematical modeling techniques.
Marglin explains his procedures with great care and clarity, and
his orchestration of the basic mathematics of economic models
reaches great heights of virtuosity and even beauty. * Journal of
Economic Literature *
Clear, bright and engaged, [Marglin] writes well with breadth and vision and with a complete absence of the cant and dogmatism which has sometimes marred 'anti-neoclassical' economics. -- Christopher Bliss * The Economic Journal *