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How to Argue with an Economist: Reopen/Edwards, Lindy/Hardb/0521819032/S053-B1
Cambridge University Press
This fascinating book is both a manual for the non-economist in how to debate economic issues, making the rarified world of economics accessible to all, and a searing indictment of the present economic orthodoxy.
Former Canberra Press Gallery journalist Lindy Edwards reflects on how economics has become central in Australian politics, and how the "economic rationalist" perspective has become the lens through which all matters in Australian public life are viewed. Edwards argues this economic worldview systematically overlooks issues that are critical to the wider community, and these oversights are not only creating flawed policy, they are also radically reshaping Australian culture.
This book explains for the economic layperson the economic worldview and its blindspots. It is a clear and resounding argument for the reconciliation of our economic and social values. A must-have for anyone with an interest in contemporary public debate.
How to Argue with an Economist invites a broad general audience into debates that were once reserved for experts. Lindy Edwards, a former economic adviser in the Prime Minister's Department, has a talent for expressing concepts simply. She distils economics' key ideas into a lively and enjoyable read, explaining how economists think and then how you can argue with them.