chapter  36
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KEYNES AND MARX*

ByClaudio Sardoni

Soon after the publication of The General Theory, Keynes manifested his dissatisfaction with the ‘final product’ of the intellectual process which had started in 1931-2 and he stated an intention to recast his ideas in a clearer and more satisfactory way. Joan Robinson thought that starting from Marx, rather than orthodox economics, would have saved Keynes ‘a lot of trouble’ (1964:96). The object of this chapter is to inquire into the possibility that Keynes could have rewritten The General Theory by giving Marx more attention and more credit than he did in the 1936 edition of the book.