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The Keynesian Features of Graziani's Monetary Theory of Production and Some Unresolved Issues

Guglielmo Forges DavanzatI, Andrea Pacella () and Rosario Patalano

Review of Political Economy, 2015, vol. 27, issue 4, 565-584

Abstract: The aim of this article is twofold. First, it seeks to verify the elements of affinity between Graziani's approach to the Monetary Theory of Production and Keynes' Treatise on Money and his General Theory. It is shown that two important theoretical elements, from the Treatise on Money, enter Graziani's basic schema, namely the view of endogenous money supply and the distribution process. At the same time, uncertainty and aggregate demand--conceived as a crucial variable in the General Theory--can play a significant role in the basic schema of the Monetary Theory of Production. Second, the article sets out a critical reconstruction of Graziani's basic schema emphasising the existence of 'open issues'- such as bank behaviour and the 'paradox of profits'--relating to internal and external inconsistencies.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/09538259.2015.1082710

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