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Douglas Copland and the aftershocks of the Premiers' plan, 1931-1938

By Alex Millmow


In the crucible of the 1930s Douglas Copland became an economist of international repute. In this article I consider some of the professional activities and policy advocacy Copland undertook in that decade. He might have reminded some of John Maynard Keynes with an active life and a practice of popularising economics via public channels in order to shape a more effective stabilisation policy. As an inherent educator Copland felt the public, as voters, were entitled to know how the authorities were dealing with economic problems. Never an ivory tower academic, Copland was drawn into myriad of professional and public activities that exacted a toll on his health. While a propensity for involvement in public affairs may sometimes distract an economist from pursuing research, Copland used the involvement in public policy formation to set the markers for enlightened economic management

Topics: Public policy, Law, Economics
Year: 2011
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