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- DescriptionFor over two generations ecomist Richard T. Ely popularized a wide spectrum of significant liberal social principles and mirrored many of the dilemmas, frustrations, and successes of the academician as a reformer. He was the originator of many ideas that agitated American reform circles in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and unlike most professors of his time, he frequently engaged in the public controversies that raged around the crucial social issues of the day. Through the use of Ely's vast published writings and his large collection of personal papers, Benjamin G. Rader shows him to have been the most provocative spokesman in America of the New Ecomics which was an important stimulus to the reform efforts in the late nineteenth century. The New Ecomics inaugurated the institutional ecomics of the twentieth century and influenced such men as John R. Commons, Thorstein Veblen, Wesley C. Mitchell, and later John K. Galbraith. Ely's influence on higher education, Rader concludes, was inestimable. His ideas embodied the antecedents of modern welfare ecomics, but he was also an important figure in promoting the then-new disciplines of political ecomy, sociology, agricultural ecomics, and land ecomics.
- Author BiographyBenjamin G. Radar is assistant professor of history at the University of Montana.
- Author(s)Benjamin G. Rader
- PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
- Date of Publication30/07/2014
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationLexington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University Press of Kentucky
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight525 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
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