Wisconsin Institutionalism, National Planning, and Expert Authorities

30 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2019

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Marianne Johnson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 6, 2019

Abstract

This paper considers the extent to which Wisconsin Institutionalist visions of the economic role of government, of economic planning, and of expert authorities may have contributed to their marginalization and decline in the 1940s. The arc of Wisconsin thinking on the role of the state and of the economic expert is considered from Richard T. Ely through Edwin Witte. I argue that the Wisconsin economists missed an important transition in economic thought that occurred in the 1930s, when the economic-expert saviors of Progressivism gave way to the economic engineers of planning.

Keywords: Experts, Authorities, Wisconsin Institutionalism, John R. Commons, Keynesianism

JEL Classification: B15, B25

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Marianne, Wisconsin Institutionalism, National Planning, and Expert Authorities (November 6, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3482182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3482182

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