IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Does F.A. Hayek's Deserve to Make a Comeback?


  • Andrew Farrant
  • Edward McPhail


As anger at President Barack Obama's social policies grows in some quarters, scholars and talk show hosts alike have said Friedrich von Hayek's 1944 best-seller The Road to Serfdom warrants another look. But does it? Hayek maintained that even the U. S. social welfare net would lead to totalitarian government. It has not. But that does not stop some from citing the book as a foundation for ominous warnings about the United States.

Suggested Citation

  • Andrew Farrant & Edward McPhail, 2010. "Does F.A. Hayek's Deserve to Make a Comeback?," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(4), pages 96-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:53:y:2010:i:4:p:96-120
    DOI: 10.2753/0577-5132530406

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.


    Blog mentions

    As found by, the blog aggregator for Economics research:
    1. Hayek and the Welfare State
      by Henry in Crooked Timber on 2012-05-13 18:22:47
    2. Was Hayek a (Welfare) Statist?
      by David Glasner in Uneasy Money on 2012-05-22 09:14:22
    3. Hayek on Serfdom and Welfare States
      by Kevin Vallier in Bleading Heart Libertarians on 2012-05-16 17:20:59


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Robert Szarka, 2016. "The Effect of Economic Freedom on Civil Liberties in the Short Run: Physical Integrity Rights, 2000-2011," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 31(Fall 2016), pages 21-35.
    2. Peter Boettke & Rosolino Candela, 2017. "The Intellectual Context of F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 32(Spring 20), pages 29-44.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:53:y:2010:i:4:p:96-120. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Longhurst). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.