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The Intellectual Context of F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom

Forthcoming, Journal of Private Enterprise

23 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2014 Last revised: 2 Mar 2016

Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Rosolino Candela

Brown University

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom is often read as a policy book and a political tract for its time. It is also often read as little more than a “slippery slope” argument, leading inevitably down a road from a free society to the gulag. In this paper, we counter the claim that The Road to Serfdom provides a slippery slope argument and explain that, while it was often read and used as a political tract for its time, Hayek's book is part of a broader project dealing with the institutional infrastructure within which economic activity takes place.

Keywords: Hayek, Road to Serdom, political economy of socialism

JEL Classification: B2, B3, B53, P51

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and Candela, Rosolino, The Intellectual Context of F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom (March 1, 2016). Forthcoming, Journal of Private Enterprise. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2527471 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2527471

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Rosolino Candela

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