Economics

  • Economics for Everyone

    A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism, 2nd Edition

    By Jim Stanford     April 2015

    This book is a must read for those working for a fairer world and for students of the social sciences who want to engage with economics. It is supported by comprehensive web-based course materials for popular economics courses.

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  • Co-operatives in a Post-growth Era

    Creating Co-operative Economics

    Edited by Sonja Novkovic and Tom Webb     September 2014

    Featuring a remarkable roster of internationally renowned critical thinkers, this book presents a feasible alternative for a more environmentally sustainable and equitable economic system. The time has never been better for cooperatives everywhere to recognize their own potential and ability to change the economic landscape.

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  • Aboriginal Knowledge for Economic Development

    By David Newhouse and Jeff Orr  Compiled by Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program     February 2014

    This book analyzes the benefits, practices and challenges of Mi’kmaw and Maliseet Language Immersion programs, illustrating how these programs provide a solid foundation of worldview, ethics, values and identities that are essential for improved academic success, and examines the Honouring Traditional Knowledge Project, a two-year project to seek Elders’ views on how to include them and traditional knowledge in all aspects of community economic research and development.

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  • Aboriginal Measures for Economic Development

    By Jeff Orr and Warren Weir  Compiled by Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program     October 2013

    This volume explores Indigenous measures of economic development in First Nations Atlantic Canadian communities that are of relevance for First Nations peoples. Many of the challenges faced by these communities and their local, regional and national leaders in advancing economic development relate to experiences of diverse and complex issues

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  • From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization

    On Karl Polanyi and Other Essays

    By Kari Polyani Levitt     April 2013

    Four years into the unfolding of the most serious economic crisis since the 1930s, Karl Polanyi’s prediction of the fateful consequences of unleashing the destructive power of unregulated market capitalism on peoples, nations and the natural environment has assumed new urgency and relevance. The system of unregulated or free market capitalism has a propensity towards crisis, which is reflected in both the dynamics of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the advent of the new world order of neoliberal globalization of the 1980s, ushering in “the great financialization.”

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  • Geopolitical Economy

    After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire

    By Radhika Desai     February 2013

    Geopolitical Economy radically reinterprets the historical evolution of the world order, as a multi-polar world emerges from the dust of the financial and economic crisis.

    Radhika Desai offers a radical critique of the theories of US hegemony, globalisation and empire which dominate academic international political economy and international relations, revealing their ideological origins in successive failed US attempts at world dominance through the dollar.

    Desai revitalizes revolutionary intellectual traditions which combine class and national perspectives on ‘the relations of producing nations’. At a time of global upheavals and profound shifts in the distribution of world power, Geopolitical Economy forges a vivid and compelling account of the historical processes which are shaping the contemporary international order.

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  • Remaking Scarcity

    From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy

    By Costas Panayotakis     October 2011

    The dominant schools of neoclassical and neoliberal economics tell us that material scarcity is an inevitable product of an insatiable human nature. Against this, Costas Panayotakis argues that scarcity is in fact a result of the social and economic processes of the capitalist system. The overriding importance of the logic of capital accumulation accounts for the fact that capitalism is not able to make a rational use of scarce resources and the productive potential at the disposal of human society. Instead, capitalism produces grotesque inequalities and unnecessary human suffering, a toxic consumerist culture that fails to satisfy, and a deepening ecological crisis. Remaking Scarcity is a powerful challenge to the current economic orthodoxy. It asserts the core principle of economic democracy, that all human beings should have an equal say over the priorities of the economic system, as the ultimate solution to scarcity and ecological crisis.

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  • Private Affluence, Public Austerity

    Economic Crisis and Democratic Malaise in Canada

    By Stephen McBride and Heather Whiteside     April 2011

    “The book is both timely and sorely needed. There is simply nothing like it. A brilliant and surprisingly clear analysis of the theory and practice of Canadian politics in the current conjuncture of capitalist development, the authors provide an exceptionally clear and most useful exposition of the forces at play, arising out of the propensity of capitalism towards crisis.”

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  • Global Slump

    The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance

    By David McNally     January 2011

    Global Slump analyzes the global financial meltdown as the first systemic crisis of the neoliberal stage of capitalism. It argues that - far from having ended - the crisis has ushered in a whole period of worldwide economic and political turbulence. In developing an account of the crisis as rooted in fundamental features of capitalism, Global Slump challenges the view that its source lies in financial deregulation.

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  • The Socialist Register 2011

    The Crisis This Time

    Edited by Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber and Leo Panitch     January 2011

    The challenge for socialist analysis is to reveal both the nature of the contradictions of capitalism in the neo-liberal era of globalized finance, and their consequences in our time. Crises need to be understood as turning points that open up opportunities.

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