Microeconomics: A Critical Companion

Description Microeconomics: A Critical Companion offers students a clear and concise exposition of mainstream microeconomics from a heterodox perspective. Covering topics from consumer and producer theory to general equilibrium to perfect competition, it sets the emergence and evolution of microeconomics in both its historical and interdisciplinary context. From the culmination of 40 years of teaching, research and policy advice on political economy, Ben Fine critically exposes the methodological and conceptual content of dominant microeconomic models without sacrif...

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Macroeconomics: A Critical Companion

Description Macroeconomics is fundamental to our understanding of how the world functions today. But too often our understanding is based on orthodox, dogmatic analysis. This distinctive book draws upon years of critical questioning and teaching and exposes how macroeconomic theory has evolved from its origins to its current impoverished and extreme state. Moving from the Keynesian Revolution to the Monetarist Counter-Revolution, through to New Classical Economics and New Consensus Macroeconomics, the authors both elaborate and question the methods and content of ...

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Global Capitalism: Selected Essays

Hugo Radice, Global Capitalism: Selected Essays, Routledge, 2014 The essays in this book, written between 1983 and 2011, examine developments in global capitalism in recent decades from a socialist standpoint. Running through them all is a consistent understanding based on Marx’s critique of political economy: capitalism seen as a global system, with dynamics shaped by the structural opposition between capital and labour, rather than between states and markets. Although the focus is on understanding the changes since the 1960s, these are situated where appropriate ...

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Beyond the Developmental State: Industrial Policy into the Twenty-first Century

Description Moving beyond abstract economic models and superficial descriptions of the market, Beyond the Developmental State analyses the economic, political and ideological interests which underpin current socio-economic processes. Through this approach, the contributors show the close interrelation between states and markets in both national and international contexts. Drawing on a wide range of case studies and themes, the book exposes the theoretical and empirical limitations of the developmental state paradigm, offering alternatives as well as discussing the ...

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Marikana: a view from the mountain and a case to case to answer

by Peter Alexander, Thapelo Lekgowa, Botsang Mmope, Luke Sinwell and Bongani Xeswi. Book launches. Johannesburg. Thursday 6 December, Council Chamber, University of Johannesburg Kingsway Campus. Prof. Adam Habib will facilitate discussion. Cape Town. Monday 10 December. Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street (cnr Buitenkant Street). Prof. Martin Legassick will be the discussant. Both events are at 17.30 for 18.00. This is the first book on the massacre. Its core is a series interviews with the event's victims, Marikana’s striking miners. Many of these discussions were ...

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Dot.compradors: Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry

Description 'India Shining' has become the brand name for a new India presented in Bollywood films, advertisements and books. A key part of this image is the software industry, held up as the symbol of prosperity and post-modernity. Opening with a primer on 'the Seven Leading Myths about the Indian Software Industry', Dot.compradors reveals the darker reality behind 'India Shining', providing a history of the industry from the 1970s to the present day. Jyoti Saraswati punctures the myth of a free-market industry by showing the role of state intervention and how ...

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The Political Economy of Development: The World Bank, Neoliberalism and Development Research

Description Any student, academic or practitioner wanting to succeed in development studies, radical or mainstream, must understand the World Bank's role and the evolution of its thinking and activities. The Political Economy of Development provides tools for gaining this understanding and applies them across a range of topics. The research, practice and scholarship of development are always set against the backdrop of the World Bank, whose formidable presence shapes both development practice and thinking. This book brings together academics that specialise in ...

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Fetishism and the Value-form: towards a general theory of value

by Desmond McNeil “The purpose of the book is to reconsider the meaning of value, taking as a starting point, and guiding thread, Marx’s concept of fetishism. McNeill critically examines how Marx uses the term throughout all his writings - first in his radical journalism, and finally, in Capital, as an analytical tool for dissecting capitalism. He shows how the religious analogy implied in the term fits ill with the material analogies that Marx otherwise uses to explain the concept of value, and explores instead the merits of analogy with language: comparing value and ...

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Totalitarian Capitalism and Beyond

Anchored in contemporary debates on capitalism and political economy, this study reconsiders the major trends which are currently shaping a new stage of capitalism. With chapters examining globalization, the role of technology and environmental degradation, George Liodakis constructs a politico-economic approach on contemporary capitalism from within a classical Marxist framework of political economy. The volume provides a fitting balance between theory and empirical evidence and significantly enriches the existing scholarship on contemporary capitalism and the ...

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Theories Of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly

Description Tracing the evolution of social capital since his highly acclaimed contribution of 2001 (Social Capital Versus Social Theory), Ben Fine consolidates his position as the world's leading critic of the concept. Fine forcibly demonstrates how social capital has expanded across the social sciences only by degrading the different disciplines and topics that it touches: a McDonaldisation of social theory. The rise and fall of social capital at the World Bank is critically explained as is social capital's growing presence in disciplines, such as management studies, ...

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