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Inside the Department of Economic AffairsInside the Department of Economic Affairs: Samuel Brittan, the Diary of an 'Irregular'
Edited by Roger Middleton - Oxford University Press
The rise and fall of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) parallels the promised but eventually unfulfilled modernization agenda of the 1964-6 Wilson government. The diary kept by Samuel Brittan (in contravention of civil service rules) for the fourteen months in which he served as an 'irregular' in the DEA provides a unique source for understanding the growth ambitions of the new government and why they quickly ran into the sands
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Against The FlowAgainst The Flow: Reflections of an Individualist
By Samuel Brittan - Atlantic Books £25 ISBN 184354377X
"Samuel Brittan has been one of the Financial Times' leading columnists for nearly thirty years. He has also advised numerous Chancellors of the Exchequer on economic policy. Against the Flow collects the most important of his writings from the last three decades. Taken together the pieces in Against the Flow amount to a robust defence of classic liberalism."
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Capitalism With
A Human Face


Extract: Footfalls
In The Memory -
Early Enthusiasms

At the age of 15 or 16 I ceased to see politics as the way to promote human happiness. This was not obvious to other people, as the reaction was taking place inside my own head. For a while I wanted to become a psychologist, as psychologists were the people most likely to understand the causes of human happiness and to initiate the reforms to improve people's prospects. Of course I have long since absorbed the common wisdom that the way to achieve happiness is not to pursue it directly; but there are many resulting paradoxes...more
 
Essays, Moral,
Political And
Economic


Extract: Liberals
vs Communitarians

It is individuals who feel, exult, despair or rejoice. And statements about group welfare are a shorthand way of referring to such individual effects. This seems to me a plain statement of fact, despite the numerous thinkers who deny - or more usually - bypass it. Whatever might be said about sharing feelings with a close member of one's family, the rejoicing of a nation or a football club or a school is metaphorical...more
 
A Restatement
Of Economic
Liberalism

Macmillan 1989 - First published in 1973 as Capitalism and the Permissive Society Extract:
Capitalism And
The Permissive
Society

The values of competitive capitalism have a great deal in common with contemporary attitudes, and in particular with contemporary radical attitudes. Above all they share a similar stress on allowing people to do, to the maximum feasible extent, what they feel inclined to do rather than conform to the wishes of authority, custom or convention. Under a competitive system, the businessman will make money by catering for whatever it is that people wish to do - by providing pop records, or nude shows, or candyfloss...more

More extracts
What's wrong with economics? - Chapter 21 of Economic Consequences of Democracy, Gower, 1977, 1988
A professional autobiography - from Exemplary Economists, Volume II: Europe, Asia and Australasia, Edited by R E Backhouse and R Middleton: Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA

Selected works
Too many regulators?, The Banker, 112 (3), pp. 571-80. (1962)
(1964) The Treasury under the Tories, 1951-64. London: Secker & Warburg.
(1967) Inquest on planning in Britain. London: Political and Economic Planning.
(1968) Left or right: the bogus dilemma. London: Secker & t Warburg
(1969) Steering the economy: the role of the Treasury. London: Secker & Warburg.
(1970a) The price of economic freedom: a guide to flexible rates. London: Macmillan.
(1970b) Some common market heresies, Journal of Common Market Studies, 8 (3), pp. 291-304.
(1970) [A. Shepherd] The Treasury after five years, The Banker, 120 (1), pp. 99-105.
(1971) Steering the economy: the role of the Treasury, rev. edn. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
(1973a) Capitalism and the Permissive Society. London: Macmillan.
(1973b) Is there an economic consensus?: an attitude survey. London: Macmillan.
(1975) The economic contradictions of democracy, British Journal of Political Science, 5 (2), pp. 129-59.
(1977a) The economic consequences of democracy. London: Temple Smith.
(1977b) Whats wrong with economics?, in S. Brittan (1977a) q.v., pp. 223-36.
(1981) How to end the monetarist controversy: a journalists reflections on output, jobs, prices and money. London: IEA.
(1983a) Two cheers for utilitarianism, Oxford Economic Papers, n.s. 35 (3), pp. 331-350. Rep. in S. Brittan (1983b) q.v., pp. 22-47.
(1983b) The role and limits of government: essays in political economy. London: London: Temple Smith.
(1983c) How to end the monetarist controversy: the argument summarised, in S.Brittan (1983b) q.v., pp. 83-104.* [A condensed version of Brittan 1981.]
(1987) The fight for freedom in broadcasting, Political Quarterly, 58 (1), pp. 3-20.
(1988) A restatement of economic liberalism. London: Macmillan. [2nd edn. of Brittan 1973a.]
(1989) The Thatcher govemments economic policy, in D. Kavanagh and A. Seldon (eds) (1989) The Thatcher effect. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-37. [A revised version, The Thatcher govemments economic legacy is in S. Brittan (1995a) q.v., pp. 183-210.]
(199Oa) Choice and utility, in L. Allison (ed.) (1990) The utilitarian response: the contemporary viability of utilitarian political philosophy. London: Sage, pp. 74 (199Ob) Preface, in M. Ricketts and E. Shoesmith (1990) British economic opinion: a survey of a thousand economists. London: IEA, pp. 9-12.
Capitalism with a human face. Aldershot: Edward Elgar. (1995a)
Introduction: footfalls in the memory, in S. Brittan (199Sa) q.v., pp. 1-25. (1995b)
The role of the exchange rate, in S. Brittan (1995a) q.v., pp. 166-79. (1995c)
Some presumptions of economic liberalism, in S. Brittan (199Sa) q.v., pp. 265-82. (1995d)
Essays, moral, political and economic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (1998)
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