Economics

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The best books of 2021, chosen by our guest authors
From piercing studies of colonialism to powerful domestic sagas and all points in between, our panel of writers share their favourite titles of 2021

05, Dec, 2021 @9:29 AM

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János Kornai obituary
Hungarian-born Harvard professor who pinpointed the flaws of communist bloc command economies in the 70s and 80s

Klaus Nielsen

29, Nov, 2021 @8:16 PM

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Shutdown by Adam Tooze review – how Covid shook the world economy
A cosmopolitan analysis of what went wrong and how we can avoid it next time – because there will be a next time

Oliver Bullough

10, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Ding Dong! Avon Calling! by Katina Manko review – a fresh take on the cosmetics industry
An astute analysis of how a corporation transformed the economic landscape for women around the world

Linda Scott

12, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Top 10 books for a greener economy | Ann Pettifor
As we struggle with our devastating addiction to fossil fuels, these books think through some of the ways we can adopt a more sustainable way of life

Ann Pettifor

02, Jun, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Post Growth by Tim Jackson review – life after capitalism
The ecological economist adds to his message that relentless economic expansion is killing the planet with a set of more philosophical reflections. But does ‘post growth’ offer as many answers as the Green New Deal?

Oliver Eagleton

06, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Value(s) by Mark Carney review – call for a new kind of economics
This weighty assault on the modern free market by the former governor of the Bank of England is a landmark achievement

Will Hutton

21, Mar, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Mission Economy by Mariana Mazzucato review – the return of the state
The pandemic has shown the limits of the market ... a book that takes its cue from the Apollo 11 mission is full of vital ideas for progressives who want to change capitalism

Tom Kibasi

20, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The Great British Reboot review – could Brexit really give Britain a boost?
Alex Brummer’s timely book about our future correctly argues the UK must change, but for the wrong reasons

Will Hutton

28, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century review – lavish look at a broken system
Bling montages and shrewd commentary mark this adaptation of Thomas Piketty’s grim bestseller about inequality and excess

Peter Bradshaw

24, Sep, 2020 @12:00 PM

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David Graeber, anthropologist and author of Bullshit Jobs, dies aged 59
The anarchist and author of bestselling books on capitalism and bureaucracy died in a Venice hospital on Wednesday

Sian Cain

03, Sep, 2020 @3:18 PM

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John Weeks obituary
Economist who argued against neoliberalism and was one of those advising the Labour leadership on the development of policy

Simon Mohun

24, Aug, 2020 @7:27 PM

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