Economics for Everyone

Economics for Everyone : A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism

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Economics is too important to be left to the economists. This book provides the information you need to understand how capitalism works (and how it doesn't).Through clear bite-sized chapters interspersed with illuminating illustrations, this is an antidote to the abstract and ideological way that economics is normally taught and reported on in in media. Key concepts such as finance, competition and wages are explored, and their importance to everyday life is revealed. It answers questions such as `Do workers need capitalists?', `Why does capitalism harm the environment?', and `What really happens on the stock market?'.The book is supported with a comprehensive set of web-based course materials including videos for popular economics courses.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 21.59mm | 762.04g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745335780
  • 9780745335780

Review quote

'Clear, compelling, lively and anger-provoking, all at once' -- Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst, U.S.A. 'Quite simply the best critical introduction to economics you can find' -- Frank Stilwell, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy, University of Sydney, Australia `Helps us understand what the newspapers never explain: how these economic crises are a product of the inequalities and incapacity for social foresight that is capitalism's everyday economics' -- Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper 'Jim Stanford explains what's worth trusting in economics and what's not in an accessible way. Read this book' -- Steve Keen, Professor and Head, School of Economics, Politics & History, Kingston University, London, U.K. 'Stanford is that rare breed: the teacher who changed your life. He has written a book - both pragmatic and idealistic - with the power to change the world' -- Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate and No Logo.show more

About Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford is an economist with the Canadian union Unifor. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York. He writes an economics column for the Globe and Mail, appears regularly on CBC TV's 'Bottom Line' economics panel, and is the Vice-President of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: Why Study Economics? Part One: Preliminaries 1. The Economy and Economics 2. Capitalism 3. Economic History 4. The Politics of Economics Part Two: The Basics of Capitalism: Work, Tools, and Profit 5. Work, Production, and Value 6. Working with Tools 7. Companies, Owners, and Profit 8. Working for a Living 9. Reproduction (for Economists!) 10. Closing the Little Circle Part Three: Capitalism as a System 11. Competition 12. Business Investment 13. Employment and Unemployment 14. Inequality and its Consequences 15. Divide and Conquer 16. Capitalism and the Environment Part Four: The Complexity of Capitalism 17. Money and Banking 18. Inflation, Central Banks, and Monetary Policy 19. Paper Chase: Stock Markets, Financialisation, and Pensions 20. The Conflicting Personalities of Government 21. Spending and Taxing 22. Globalisation 23. Development (and Otherwise) 24. Closing the Big Circle 25. The Ups and Downs of Capitalism 26. Meltdown and Aftermath Part Five: Challenging Capitalism 27. Evaluating Capitalism 28. Improving Capitalism 29. Replacing Capitalism? Conclusion: A Dozen Big Things to Remember Indexshow more

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