Brazelton, W. Robert 1933-
BRAZELTON, W. Robert 1933-
PERSONAL: Born September 30, 1933, in Oklahoma City, OK; son of Arthur Davis (in business) and Lola D. (Santbine) Brazelton. Ethnicity: "Scotch-English." Education: Dartmouth College, B.A., 1956; University of Oklahoma, M.A., 1960, Ph.D., 1961. Hobbies and other interests: Travel, art, historical fiction, biography.
CAREER: University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, assistant professor of economics, 1960-61; Central State University, Edmond, OK, assistant professor of economics, 1959-60; Kansas State University, Manhattan, assistant professor of economics, 1961-63; University of Missouri—Kansas City, professor of economics, 1963—.
MEMBER: American Economic Association, Association for Evolutionary Economics, Association for Institutional Thought, Missouri Valley Economic Association (president), Southwest Social Science Association, Atlantic Economic Association, Midwest Economic Association, Central Slavic Association (president), Omicron Delta Epsilon (vice president).
(With James I. Sturgeon and Ivan Weinel) AlternativeEconomic Perspectives: A Primer on the Streams of Economic Analysis, Kendall-Hunt (Dubuque, IA), 1985.
Designing U.S. Economic Policy: An Analytical Biography of Leon H. Keyserling, Palgrave Publishers (New York, NY), 2001.
Contributor to periodicals, including Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Economics, and American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Economic Theory and Policy in Light of Economic History; research on economic theory and policy and historical influences.
SIDELIGHTS: W. Robert Brazelton told CA: "My primary interest in writing is twofold: first, to analyze modern economics, especially 'Keynesian,' in light of historical events that change both theoretical paradigms and policy paradigms; second, to synthesize the major views of the Evolutionists ('Old' Institutionalists) and the Post-Keynesians. The major past influences upon me have been an undergraduate business cycle course on Hawtrey, Hayek, and Keynes; and a macro-cycle course, the latter at Oklahoma, plus their evolutionary influences. My major belief is that too much of economic analysis is constricted into too narrow a paradigm and, thus, ignores relevant social, historical, and psychological influences upon it and its participants. My major teaching areas are macro-economic analysis, fiscal/monetary policy, and comparative/European economic systems.
"In conjunction with the above, I have written on the historical development of U.S. economic policy in the post-World War II period, especially the Truman era and Leon Keyserling; the Soviet-style economics and their reforms; policy issues; and the overlaps between the socio-economic views of the Evolutionists and the Post-Keynesians. All this is indicative of a more comprehensive view of economic analysis and policy and the myriad of influences upon both. Major personal academic influences upon me have been Professors Cusick and Carter at Dartmouth; and Professors Dow, Peach, Reece, Wilhite, and Kondanassis at Oklahoma. I am indebted to them and many others."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Journal of Economic Issues, March, 2002, Philip A. Klein, review of Designing U.S. Economic Policy: An Analytical Biography of Leon H. Keyserling, p. 216.