Boettke selected contributors who were basically supportive of three Austrian themes—methodological individualism, subjectivism, and the spontaneous order. He asked each to contribute an original paper on a topic in the field of Austrian economics with which he or she was familiar. Each article was limited to about 2,500 words. In this way, Boettke produced a one-volume reference work of relatively short entries, each with a bibliography of additional sources. It contains 87 papers by 68 economists from 45 different colleges, universities, or institutions in the United States and seven other countries. Not surprisingly the papers are uneven in quality, although their approach is generally Austrian.
The Elgar Companion should be a valuable reference for students of Austrian economics. A few years ago it would have been impossible to assemble such an extensive stable of Austrian writers. Many were probably still youngsters, some perhaps not even born, when Mises spoke 36 years ago. Yet they have become spokesmen for the free market, non-interventionist teachings of Mises and his Austrian school colleagues. Mises’ trust in the rising generation was well justified.
Peter J. Boettke
Peter J. Boettke is the Deputy Director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and a professor in the economics department at George Mason University. Boettke was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his BA in economics from Grove City College and his PhD in economics from George Mason University. Before joining the faculty at George Mason University in 1998, he held faculty positions at Oakland University, Manhattan College and New York University. In addition, Boettke was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University during the 1992-1993 academic year. He has been a visiting professor or scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems in Jena, Germany, the Stockholm School of Economics, Central European University in Prague and Charles University in Prague.
Boettke is the author of several books on the history, collapse and transition from socialism in the former Soviet Union --- The Political Economy of Soviet Socialism: The Formative Years, 1918-1928 (Kluwer, 1990); Why Perestroika Failed: The Economics and Politics of Socialism Transformation (Routledge, 1993); and Calculation and Coordination: Essays on Socialism and Transitional Political Economy(Routledge, 2001). He is also now the co-author, along with David Prychitko, of the classic principles of economics texts of Paul Heyne's The Economic Way of Thinking (10th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002). Boettke has also edited the following volumes, Socialism and the Market: The Socialist Calculation Debate Revisited, 9 volumes (Routledge, 2000); The Legacy of F. A. Hayek: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, 3 volumes (Elgar, 1999), The Market Process, 2 volumes (Elgar, 1998), Market Process: Essays in Contemporary Austrian Economics (Elgar, 1994), The Collapse of Development Planning (New York University Press, 1994), and The Elgar Companion to Austrian Economics (Elgar, 1994).
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