Understanding Capitalism

Understanding Capitalism : Critical Analysis From Karl Marx to Amartya Sen

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This is a book of essays by seven leading economists, including Robin Hahnel and John Bellamy Foster, in a critical assessment of the relationship between economic thought and the dominance of capitalism. With analyses of economists ranging from Karl Marx to Amartya Sen, it traces the growth of the capitalist system over the past two hundred years and how economic theory has, in fact, become capitalist ideology. Relating socio-economic and analytical histories to present-day economic policy, this is a thoroughly accessible work which makes an ideal introduction to the key thinkers in economic thought past and present.Major economists and economic schools of thought are discussed in a chapter-by-chapter guide that covers Marx, Veblen, Gramsci, post-Keynesian theory, US institutionalists, Sweezy and the Monopoly Capital school, and recent Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen. Contributors include Michael Lebowitz, Carl Boggs, Michael Keaney, Frederic Lee, John Bellamy Foster and Robin Hahnel, with an introduction by the editor, Douglas Dowd.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745317820
  • 9780745317823

About Douglas Dowd

Douglas Dowd is a widely respected academic and political activist. He has taught at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, and San Jose State University and is currently teaching at the University of Modena in Italy. He is the author of Capitalism and its Economics (Pluto, 2004).
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Table of contents

Introduction Douglas Dowd

1. Karl Marx: The Needs of Capital vs. The Needs of Human Beings by Michael Lebowitz

2. Thorstein Veblen: The Evolution of Capitalism from Economic and Political to Social Dominance; Economics as its Faithful Servant by Douglas Dowd

3. What Gramsci Means Today by Carl Boggs

4. The U.S. Institutionalists by Michael Keaney

5. Post Keynesian Economics By Frederic Lee

6. Paul Sweezy and the Monopoly Capital School by John Bellamy Foster

7. Amartya Sen: Late Twentieth Century's Greatest Political Economist? by Robin Hahnel

Index
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