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A History of Financial Crises: Dreams and Follies of Expectations

A History of Financial Crises: Dreams and Follies of Expectations

1st Edition

Cihan Bilginsoy
December 01, 2014

"Once-in-a-lifetime" financial crises have been a recurrent part of life in the last three decades. It is no longer possible to dismiss or ignore them as aberrations in an otherwise well-functioning system. Nor are they peculiar to recent times. Going back in history, asset price bubbles and...

Social Ontology and Modern Economics

Social Ontology and Modern Economics

1st Edition

Stephen Pratten
September 25, 2014

Economists increasingly recognise that engagement with social ontology – the study of the basic subject matter and constitution of social reality - can facilitate more relevant analysis. This growing recognition amongst economists of the importance of social ontology is due very considerably to the...

Economic Methodology: A Historical Introduction

Economic Methodology: A Historical Introduction

1st Edition

Harro Maas
February 18, 2014

Ever since the inception of economics over two hundred years ago, the tools at the discipline’s disposal have grown more and more more sophisticated. This book provides a historical introduction to the methodology of economics through the eyes of economists. The story begins with John...

Understanding Development Economics: Its Challenge to Development Studies

Understanding Development Economics: Its Challenge to Development Studies

1st Edition

Adam Fforde
December 13, 2013

Important parts of development practice, especially in key institutions such as the World Bank, are dominated by economists. In contrast, Development Studies is largely based upon multidisciplinary work in which anthropologists, human geographers, sociologists, and others play important roles....

The Cambridge Revival of Political Economy

The Cambridge Revival of Political Economy

1st Edition

Nuno Ornelas Martins
October 24, 2013

The marginalist revolution of the late nineteenth century consolidated what Karl Marx and Piero Sraffa called ‘vulgar economy’, bringing with it an emphasis on a scarcity theory that replaced the classical surplus theory. However, the classical political economy of Adam Smith and David Ricardo has...

Introducing Money

Introducing Money

1st Edition

Mark Peacock
March 13, 2013

This book provides a theoretical and historical examination of the evolution of money. It is distinct from the majority of ‘economic’ approaches, for it does not see money as an outgrowth of market exchange via barter. Instead, the social, political, legal and religious origins of money are...

Development and Globalization: A Marxian Class Analysis

Development and Globalization: A Marxian Class Analysis

1st Edition

David F. Ruccio
September 28, 2010

Since the mid-1980s, David F. Ruccio has been developing a new framework of Marxian class analysis and applying it to various issues in socialist planning, Third World development, and capitalist globalization. The aim of this collection is to show, through a series of concrete examples, how...

From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics: The Shifting Boundaries between Economics and other Social Sciences

From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics: The Shifting Boundaries between Economics and other Social Sciences

1st Edition

Ben Fine, Dimitris Milonakis
April 09, 2009

Is or has economics ever been the imperial social science? Could or should it ever be so? These are the central concerns of this book. It involves a critical reflection on the process of how economics became the way it is, in terms of a narrow and intolerant orthodoxy, that has, nonetheless,...

From Political Economy to Economics: Method, the social and the historical in the evolution of economic theory

From Political Economy to Economics: Method, the social and the historical in the evolution of economic theory

1st Edition

Dimitris Milonakis, Ben Fine
October 28, 2008

Economics has become a monolithic science, variously described as formalistic and autistic with neoclassical orthodoxy reigning supreme. So argue Dimitris Milonakis and Ben Fine in this new major work of critical recollection. The authors show how economics was once rich, diverse, multidimensional...

Speaking of Economics: How to Get in the Conversation

Speaking of Economics: How to Get in the Conversation

1st Edition

Arjo Klamer
February 19, 2007

Making sense of economists and their world in a persuasive and entertaining style, Arjo Klamer, the author of a number of influential books including Conversation with Economists and The Consequences of Economic Rhetoric, shows that economics is as much about how people interact as it is about the...

Markets, Deliberation and Environment

Markets, Deliberation and Environment

1st Edition

John O'Neill
December 14, 2006

What is the source of our environmental problems? Why is there in modern societies a persistent tendency to environmental damage? From within neoclassical economic theory there is a straightforward answer to those questions: it is because environmental goods and harms are unpriced. They come free....

New Departures in Marxian Theory

New Departures in Marxian Theory

1st Edition

Stephen Resnick, Richard Wolff
June 08, 2006

Over the last twenty-five years, Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff have developed a groundbreaking interpretation of Marxian theory generally and of Marxian economics in particular. This book brings together their key contributions and underscores their different interpretations. In facing...

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