When Joan Robinson ‘retired’ in 1970, one of the first tasks she set herself was to write a first year introductory textbook. She asked John Eatwell, who was then a Fellow of Trinity, and who had been an undergraduate at Cambridge in the 1960s and then done a Ph.D. at Harvard, to be her co-author. The principal aim of the book was to introduce students to her Cambridge approach to economic theory and to contrast it with the principal tenets of the mainstream’s theory and approach. Though she had continued to be in touch with students through informal means, she felt that having a co-author who was very much at the coal face, lecturing and supervising, was absolutely necessary for the tone and content of the proposed book. On most issues, she and Eatwell were then at one, though increasingly they were to part company on the application of the long-period method in economic theory championed by, especially, Garegnani’s interpretation of Piero Sraffa.
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