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Economic theory & philosophy

Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith ~ Paperback

Adam Smith (1723-1790) was one of the brightest stars of the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations was his most important book. First published in London in March 1776, it had been eagerly anticipated by Smith's contemporaries and b...

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Get Off the Grass
by Shaun Hendy ~ Paperback

New Zealanders work harder and earn less than most other people in the developed world. Get Off the Grass is about how we can change that. In a brilliant intellectual adventure that takes us from David Ricardo and Adam Smith to economic geography and the science of complex networks, Shaun Hendy and ...

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Saving Capitalism
by Robert B Reich ~ Hardback
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From the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, his most important book to date a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it. Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of economics...

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Piketty ~ Hardback
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What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for la...

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Planned Chaos
by Ludwig Von Mises ~ Paperback

This new edition (completely reset) of Planned Chaos features a new introduction by Chris Westley of Jacksonville State University. The introduction brings this classic up to date - not that it has ever fallen out of date or ever will. The title comes from Mises's description of the reality of centr...

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Nature of Economies
by Jane Jacobs ~ Paperback

Author BiographyJane Jacobs was the legendary author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a work that has never gone out of print and that has transformed the disciplines of urban planning and city architecture. Her other major works include The Economy of Cities, Systems of Survival, The...

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Milton Friedman
by Lanny Ebenstein ~ Paperback

Born the son of immigrant parents, Milton Friedman went on to become a major figure during the resurgence of American conservatism. As an advisor to the Reagan administration and a widely read columnist, he played a vital role in shaping government policy and public opinion while he made headlines f...

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The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
by Tim Harford ~ Paperback
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If humans are so clever, why do we smoke and gamble, or take drugs, or fall in love? Is this really rational behaviour? And how come your idiot boss is so overpaid? In fact, the behaviour of even the unlikeliest of individuals - prostitutes, drug addicts, racists and revolutionaries - complies with ...

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After Piketty
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Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the most widely discussed work of economics in recent history, selling millions of copies in dozens of languages. But are its analyses of inequality and economic growth on target? Where should researchers go from here in exploring the ideas Pik...

Due Dec 24th
Kicking Away the Ladder: Policies and Institutions for Economic...
by Ha-Joon Chang ~ Paperback

How did the rich countries really become rich? In this provocative new study, Ha-Joon Chang examines the great pressure on developing countries from the developed world to adopt certain "good policies" and "good institutions," seen today as necessary for economic development. Ado...

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Small is Beautiful: Study of Economics as If People Mattered
by E.F. Schumacher ~ Paperback

First published in 1973, this controversial study looks at the economic structure of the western world in a revolutionary way. Schumacher maintains that man's current pursuit of profit and progress, which promotes giant organizations and increased specialization, has in fact resulted in gross econom...

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The Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith ~ Paperback

With this landmark treatise on political economy, Adam Smith paved the way for modern capitalism, arguing that a truly free market was the engine of a fair and productive society. Books I-III of "The Wealth of Nations" examine the "division of labour" as the key to economic growth, by ensuring the i...

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by Ayn Rand ~ Paperback

The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presents her...

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Capital: v. 3: Critique of Political Economy
by Karl Marx ~ Paperback

It is in this third volume that Marx sets out his central thesis that "the basic laws of motion of the capitalist mode of production lead to explosive crises and its ultimate collapse". Here we find not only a sustained economic and social description of capitalism as a system and the bourgeoisie as...

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The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
by John Maynard Keynes ~ Paperback

 In 1936 Keynes published the most provocative book written by any economist of his generation. Arguments about the book continued until his death in 1946 and still continue today. This new edition, published 70 years after the original, features a new introduction by Paul Krugman which discuss...

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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?
by Katrine Marcal ~ Paperback

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life 'economic man'. Sel...

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Adam's Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology
by Duncan K Foley ~ Paperback

This book could be called "The Intelligent Person's Guide to Economics." Like Robert Heilbroner's "The Worldly Philosophers", it attempts to explain the core ideas of the great economists, beginning with Adam Smith and ending with Joseph Schumpeter. In between are chapters on Tho...

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The Great Divide
by Joseph Stiglitz ~ Paperback

Why has inequality increased in the Western world - and what can we do about it? In The Great Divide, Joseph E. Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in his best-selling book The Price of Inequality and suggests ways to counter this growing problem. With his characteristic blend of clarity an...

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Universal Man
by Richard Davenport-Hines ~ Hardback

In Universal Man, noted biographer and historian Richard Davenport-Hines revives our understanding of John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), the twentieth century's most charismatic and revolutionary economist. Keynes helped FDR launch the New Deal, saved Britain from financial crisis twice over the cours...

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Friedrich Hayek
by Lanny Ebenstein ~ Hardback

Friedrich August von Hayek, a reserved Austrian economist, died in 1992. Though largely unrecognized during his lifetime, he is today regarded as a visionary. In 1944, in the wake of the great Depression and with the political left on the ascendant, Hayek published his seminal work, "The Road to Ser...

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A Companion to Marx's Capital
by David Harvey ~ Paperback

This major new textbook from the premier Marxist political thinker guides us through the classic text of political economy. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has taught and lectured on Marx's "Capital". In this book he draws on his rich knowledge of the text to create a step-by-step guide to the ...

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Small Is Beautiful
by E.F. Schumacher ~ Paperback

"Nothing less than a full-scale assault on conventional economic wisdom." --Newsweek One the 100 most influential books published since World War II --The Times Literary Supplement Hailed as an "eco-bible" by Time magazine, E.F. Schumacher's riveting, richly researched statement on sustainability ha...

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The Shock Doctrine
by Naomi Klein ~ Paperback

The bestselling author of No Logo shows how the global “free market” has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq. In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism." Whether covering Baghdad a...

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The Theory of the Leisure Class
by Thorstein Veblen ~ Paperback

The Theory of the Leisure Class is one of the great works of economics as well as the first detailed critique of consumerism. Veblen argues that economic life is driven not by notions of utility, but by social vestiges from pre-historic times. Drawing examples from his time (turn-of-the-century Amer...

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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith ~ Paperback

This edition contains generous selections from all five volumes of The Wealth of Nations, and places Smith's inquiry into its historical, intellectual, and cultural context. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the...

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Four Horsemen: The Survival Manual
by Mark Braund ~ Paperback

A deeper look at the issues raised by the acclaimed Four Horsemen film. As the global economy veers from crisis to catastrophe, people have finally had enough. Billions are denied effective access to an economy that has been hijacked by vested interests. The people who caused the financial crisis su...

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The Genius Of The Beast
by Howard Bloom ~ Paperback

Is global capitalism on its last legs? Has the West begun a decline into a new Dark Age? Does Western civilization even deserve to survive as it is now? These are just some of the unnerving questions raised by the Great Crash of 2009. In "Genius of the Beast", visionary thinker Howard Bloom takes re...

Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis
by Ludwig Von Mises ~ Paperback

This is a newly annotated edition of the classic first published in German in 1922. It is the definitive refutation of nearly every type of socialism ever devised. Mises presents a wide-ranging analysis of society, comparing the results of socialist planning with those of free-market capitalism in a...

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The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education
by W.Edwards Deming ~ Paperback

In this book W. Edwards Deming details the system of transformation that underlies the 14 Points for Management presented in Out of the Crisis. "... competition, we see now, is destructive. It would be better if everyone would work together as a system, with the aim for everybody to win. What we ne...

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Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
by Robert Kuttner ~ Hardback

Before and after World War II, a serendipitous confluence of events created a healthy balance between the market and the polity-between the engine of capitalism and the egalitarian ideals of democracy. Under Roosevelt's New Deal, unions and collective bargaining were legalized. Glass-Steagall reined...

Pre-order - out 10 Apr 2018
The Mystery of the Kibbutz
by Ran Abramitzky ~ Hardback

How kibbutzim thrived for much of the twentieth century despite their inherent economic contradictions The kibbutz is a social experiment in collective living that challenges traditional economic theory. By sharing all income and resources equally among its members, the kibbutz system created stron...

Pre-order - out 20 Feb 2018
From the Factory to the Metropolis
by Antonio Negri ~ Paperback

This second volume of a new three-part series of Antonio Negri's work is focussed on the consequences of the rapid process of deindustrialisation that has occurred across the West in recent years.In this volume Negri investigates exactly what happens when the class subjects of industrial capitalism ...

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Born on Third Base
by Chuck Collins ~ Paperback

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor--all while retreating into en...

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The Penguin History of Economics
by Roger E. Backhouse ~ Paperback

Nobody can ignore economics. There are never enough resources to go round, so human beings have always wrestled with the crucial issues of money, markets, bargaining, prices and production. In this new and authoritative history, Roger Backhouse takes the story of economics from the Greeks to the daw...

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Utopia for Realists
by Rutger Bregman ~ Hardback

Author BiographyRutger Bregman is a journalist at The Correspondent, and one of Europe's most prominent young thinkers. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His History of Progress was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013, and Bregman has...

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by Karl Marx ~ Paperback
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Few writers have had a more demonstrable impact on the development of the modern world than has Karl Marx (1818-1883). Born in Trier into a middle-class Jewish family in 1818, by the time of his death in London in 1883, Marx claimed a growing international reputation. Of central importance then and ...

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Contraband Corridor
by Rebecca Berke Galemba ~ Hardback

The Mexico-Guatemala border has emerged as a geopolitical hotspot of illicit flows of both goods and people. Contraband Corridor seeks to understand the border from the perspective of its long-term inhabitants, including petty smugglers of corn, clothing, and coffee. Challenging assumptions regardin...

Pre-order - out 26 Dec 2017
The Economic Thought of Henry Calvert Simons

Drawing on years of research, Gerald Steele delves into the diverse ideas of Henry Simons, a neglected economist whose work in the 1930s on monetary and financial instability is extremely relevant to today's debates about commercial bank credit, the interdependence of fiscal and monetary policy, and...

Pre-order - out 16 Feb 2018
The Economy
by The Core Team ~ Paperback
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The only introductory economics text to equip students to address today's pressing problems by mastering the conceptual and quantitative tools of contemporary economics. OUP has partnered with the international collaborative project of CORE researchers and teachers to bring students a book and learn...

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Keynes Hayek
by Nicholas Wapshott ~ Paperback

As the stock-market crash of 1929 plunged the world into turmoil, two men emerged with competing claims about how to restore balance to economies gone awry. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not. He met his opposite...

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