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Full Employment with Liberty: John R. Commons' Perspective and Its Continuing Relevance

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Paul Krugman recently suggested that John Maynard Keynes helped economists study and resolve mass unemployment at a time when few of them could understand the problem and institutionalists seemed unable to articulate a clear policy strategy. This article responds by outlining John R. Commons' case for full employment with liberty and his three-part strategy (addressing money, people and politics) for curing joblessness while saving capitalism. Commons' argument and recommendations offer insights that extend beyond Keynesian economics in important ways, and his contributions have special relevance today in light of the recent global financial crisis and still ongoing Great Recession.

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  • Charles Whalen, 2010. "Full Employment with Liberty: John R. Commons' Perspective and Its Continuing Relevance," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(2), pages 559-568.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:jeciss:v:44:y:2010:i:2:p:559-568 DOI: 10.2753/JEI0021-3624440229
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