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Economic theory & philosophy

The Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith ~ Paperback / softback

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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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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The Moral Molecule
by Paul J Zak ~ Paperback / softback

Why are men less faithful than women? Why are some people altruists and others cold-hearted bastards? Why do some businesses succeed while others collapse? n his entertaining and groundbreaking book, Paul Zak answers these essential questions about human nature and the way we live. Oxytocin, a hormo...

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by Robert Skidelsky ~ Paperback / softback

'Keynes's economic policies helped lift Britain from its 1930s slump. This accessible, timely study argues he could do the same again' DOMINIC LAWSON, SUNDAY TIMES 'One would expect brokers to be wrong. If, in addition to their other inside advantages, they were capable of good advice, clearl...

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The Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith ~ Paperback / softback

Smith's The Wealth of Nations was the first comprehensive treatment of political economy. Originally delivered in the form of lectures at Glasgow, the book's publication in 1776 co-incided with America's Declaration of Independence. These volumes include Smith's assessment of the mercantile sy...

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Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith ~ Paperback / softback

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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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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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...

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Saving Capitalism
by Robert B Reich ~ Hardback
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Author BiographyROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He has served in three national administrations and has writte...

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Get off the Grass
by Paul Callaghan ~ Paperback / softback

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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The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World
by Tim Harford ~ Paperback / softback
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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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Kicking Away the Ladder: Policies and Institutions for Economic...
by Ha-Joon Chang ~ Paperback / softback

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 / softback

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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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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The Lexus and the Olive Tree
by Thomas L Friedman ~ Paperback / softback

Half of this new, post-Cold War world is intent on building a better Lexus, on streamlining their societies and economies for the global marketplace, while the other half is locked in elemental struggles over who owns which olive tree, which strip of land. The key question, addressed in this book, i...

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Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (Centennial Edition)
by Ayn Rand ~ Paperback / softback

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

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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Utopia for Realists
by Rutger Bregman ~ Hardback

Universal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe's leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today. After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don't need. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us ...

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The Great Divide
by Joseph Stiglitz ~ Paperback / softback

Why has inequality increased in the Western world - and what can we do about it? With his characteristic blend of clarity and passion, Joseph Stiglitz argues that inequality is a choice, the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities - a choice that we don't have to make.Author Bi...

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The Retreat of Western Liberalism
by Edward Luce ~ Paperback / softback

'A panorama of the unravelling world order as riveting as any beach read' New Yorker 'Read this book: in the three hours it takes you will get a new, bracing and brilliant understanding of the dangers we in the democratic West now face. Luce is one of the smartest journalists working today, and his...

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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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Wealth and New Zealand
by Max Rashbrooke ~ Paperback / softback

The most recent NBR Rich List has revealed the biggest proportional increase in wealth since the list first appeared in 1986. But what do these figures mean and what else do we know about New Zealand's fortunes? Following his groundbreaking work on income inequality, Max Rashbrooke examines how weal...

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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 / softback

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 Politics and Economics of European Monetary Integration
by Loukas Tsoukalis ~ Paperback

The object of this work, first published in 1977, is to examine the history of the economic and monetary union (EMU) in the European Community, the policies of the parties involved and the conflicts of interest created in the political and economic environment within which all this has taken place. ...

Pre-order - out 11 Nov 2018
The Trade Balance in Monetary General Equilibrium
by Kenneth W. Clements ~ Paperback

This title, first published in 1984, is a contribution to applied international trade theory. The author explores the specification and estimation of a multisector general equilibrium model of the open economy. The model is formulated with the aim of assessing empirically the effects of three key po...

Pre-order - out 11 Nov 2018
Socialists and the Capitalist Recession & 'The Basic Ideas of Karl...
by Ernest Mandel ~ Paperback

The credit crunch of 2008 produced an international recession in 2009. In this volume Claudio Katz and Michel Husson, both fellows of the International Institute for Research and Education, and Raphie de Santos lead an attempt not to only to describe the present crisis, but also to understand its ca...

Pre-order - out 1 Feb 2019
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 Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy

What does it mean to do public policy ethics today? How should philosophers engage with ethical issues in policy-making when policy decisions are circumscribed by political and pragmatic concerns? How do ethical issues in public policy differ between areas such as foreign policy, criminal justice, o...

Pre-order - out 15 Nov 2018
Property, Social Action and the Legal-Economic Nexus
by Josef Sima ~ Book

Property rights, once at the heart of classical economic orthodoxy, have been all but disregarded by today's economists. As property (respect for it and expressed consent) is widely considered a necessary condition for peace and prosperity, it deserves much more attention from our current profession...

Pre-order - out 30 Apr 2019
Social Norms and the Theory of the Firm
by Douglas E. Stevens ~ Hardback

For decades, the economic theory of the firm referred to as agency theory has dominated business research and education in the United States. Although agency theory has been influential in accounting, finance, and managerial economics, it lacks informal and nonfinancial controls. Douglas E. Stevens ...

Pre-order - out 31 Oct 2018
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith ~ Paperback / softback

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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The Essence of Entrepreneurship and the Nature and Significance of...
by Israel M. Kirzner ~ Paperback

The Essence of Entrepreneurship and the Nature and Significance of Market Process is a continuation of the discourse started in Kirzners earlier work, Competition and Entrepreneurship, expanding upon his ideas about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial alertness. Essence presents most of the detaile...

Pre-order - out 30 Sep 2018
The Essence of Entrepreneurship and the Nature and Significance of...
by Israel M. Kirzner ~ Hardback

The Essence of Entrepreneurship and the Nature and Significance of Market Process is a continuation of the discourse started in Kirzners earlier work, Competition and Entrepreneurship, expanding upon his ideas about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial alertness. Essence presents most of the detaile...

Pre-order - out 30 Sep 2018
Public Private Partnerships and Constitutional Law
by Nikiforos Meletiadis ~ Hardback

Annually, the government commits significant expenditure to a type of public contracts which are known as Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) or the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). These contracts bind the public purse for decades in sectors such as Health, Defence and Detention, and involve the as...

Pre-order - out 10 Dec 2018
Dynamic Oligopolies with Time Delays
by Akio Matsumoto ~ Hardback

This is the first book to comprehensively examine the asymptotic behavior of dynamic monopolies, duopolies, and oligopolies where firms face information and implementation delays. It considers discrete and continuous timescales, continuously distributed delays, as well as single and multiple delays....

Pre-order - out 13 Mar 2019
Models of Modern Information Economy

The concept of an information economy is considered by some to be a new branch of economic theory, and by others as the next stage of development for an economy post-industrialization. Leading and developing economies are seeking to quickly develop a functional information economy in order to help o...

Pre-order - out 29 Oct 2018