"In this remarkable book, Dowd packs the history of the capitalist economy from the Industrial Revolution in the middle of the 18th century to the present-day together with a history of how economists reacted to the rapidly changing conditions. He goes beyond the conventional story of capitalism developing in England and then taking root in US by covering the development of competitors to the Anglo-American version of capitalism, first in France, then in Germany, the Soviet Union, and Japan. Each chapter covers a particular period and each period has a particular theme. So, for example, he characterizes the years between 1945 and 1975 with the theme of resurrection and the years since 1975 in terms of globalization and financialization. Dowd has made this book emminently readable. It is accessible to a general reader who lacks any real exposure to economic theory. This ability to compress such private reading of the economy and economics into a single work is a marvelous accomplishment. Dowd's sympathy lies with the downtrodden. He has the ability to bring humor into his work, even when he is addressing grim topics. This book is extraordinarily rich in the breadth of its topics as well as in the many insights sprinkled throughout. Highly recommended for public and academic library collections." --- M. Perelman, California State University, Chico, in CHOICE"Douglas Dowd is addressing some of the most crucial questions of the current era. The answers will cast a long shadow over what lies ahead. He brings formidable qualities to this challenging task: deep knowledge of economic history, a comprehensive grasp of contemporary global conditions, freedom from stultifying dogmas, and, notleast an admirable ability to extricate and expound what is really important with lucidity and skill. An impressive achievement." -- Noam Chomsky"Dowd's strategy of linking together in a single volume the development of economic ideas and the closely related evolution of economic institutions and policies is carried out with his usual efficiency and wit. This is a work of enlightenment that will be intelligible to students and non-economists." -- Edward S. HermanFrom the Publisher:
Written by a maverick in the world of alternative economics, this book is a critical history of the relationship between economic thought and capitalism from 1750 to the present. The book examines th dynamic interaction of two processes: the historical realities of capitalism and the evolution of economic theory. As Dowd demonstrates, the study of economics celebrates capitalism in ways which make it necessary to classify economic science as pure ideology. A thoroughly modern history, this book shows how economics has become ideology. A radical critic of capitalism, Dowd surveys its detrimental impact across the globe and throughout history. The book includes biographical sketches and brief analyses of the major proponents and critics of capitalism throughout history, including Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, Rosa Luxemburg, John Maynard Keynes, Paul Samuelson, Milton Friedman, Eric Hobsbawm.
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Descripción Pluto Pr, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0745316441
Descripción Pluto Pr, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0745316441