The Road to Serfdom after 75 Years

Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University Working Paper Series 2019-13

60 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019

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Bruce Caldwell

Duke University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 2, 2019

Abstract

F. A. Hayek published The Road to Serfdom in 1944, so 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the event. The paper traces how Hayek came to write the book, who his opponents were, and how the book got interpreted by both friends and critics after its publication. Because the book is more typically invoked than read, part of the goal of the paper is to identify and correct some common misperceptions.

Keywords: F. A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, liberalism, socialism, conservatism, German Historical School, laissez faire, J. M. Keynes

JEL Classification: B2, B3, B51, B53

Suggested Citation

Caldwell, Bruce J., The Road to Serfdom after 75 Years (August 2, 2019). Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University Working Paper Series 2019-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3431183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3431183

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