For most of his professional career as a pre-eminent development economist teaching at Oxford and University College, Deepak Lal has worked in and on Third World countries. After living in Britain for nearly thirty years, and having become a British citizen in 1987, he casts his focus on the public policy debates in the United Kingdom. Lost Causes is Professsor Lal's collected thoughts on the state of the United Kingdom today, taken from pamphlets compiled for various UK think tanks from the late 1980s. Written from the classical liberal perspective Lost Causes is, in part, an indictment of the failures of the long “Socialist” winter since Labour's second term, but also a record of the hopes that arose and were dashed by the new coalition government elected in 2010. The issues that run through Lost Causes are, sadly, longstanding. Dr. Lal does not remove from the essays the references to the context and time when they were written, but attempts to show how these issues have evolved in recent history. In doing so, he demonstrates how the wealth and welfare of his adopted country continue to depend upon the redemption of such lost causes.
Deepak Lal is the immediate past President of the Mont Pelerin Society, the James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Professor Emeritus of Political Economy, University College London. He is author of The Poverty of Development Economics and many other titles.
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Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow