Evolutionary Macroeconomics (Routledge Revivals)
By John Foster
Routledge – 1987 – 326 pages
First published in 1987, Evolutionary Macroeconomics offers an evolutionary approach to macroeconomics as an alternative to contemporary new classical and Keynesian macroeconomics. In order to develop such an approach, an alternative view of the micro-foundations of macroeconomics is presented.
The book begins with a commentary on the state of macroeconomics and an evaluation of attempts to redevelop its underlying vision of economic behaviour. Particular attention is paid to the treatment of expectations and anticipations. The second part of the book presents a behavioural framework which is compatible with an evolutionary perspective on economic behaviour. The third part of the book discusses the implications of adopting an evolutionary approach to macroeconomic theory, empirical methods and policy design, culminating in a specific policy proposal to cure stagflation.
1. Introduction 2. The Decline of the Keynesian Consensus 3. The Rise of New Classical Macroeconomics 4. New Directions in Keynesian Economics 5. The Bio-philosophical Foundations of Macroeconomics 6. General Behavioural Dynamics: from Structure to Consciousness 7. The Foundations of an Evolutionary Approach to Economic Behaviour 8. Economic Behaviour in the Short Run of Evolutionary Time 9. Structural Change in the Long Run of Evolutionary Time 10. Evolutionary Framework for Macroeconomic Analysis 11. The Evolution of the Mixed Economy 12. Curing Stagflation: An Evolutionary Approach 13. Conclusion