Political Economy: A Comparative Approach / Edition 2

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Overview

In this revised edition of the widely used and comprehensive overview of political/economic thought, political theory, sociology, and philosophy are integrated with economic analysis. Clark offers an introduction to the method and history of political economy, along with comparative studies of classical liberalism, radicalism, conservatism, and modern liberalism. Various issues such as the role of government, inflation and unemployment, poverty and inequality, and education, culture, and gender, are given a comparative analysis from the perspectives of the four major economic ideologies, and contemporary debates are traced back to their origins in the European industrialization process.

Political economy offers a more comprehensive view of social interactions and the human condition than is available through the separate and specialized social sciences. In this revised edition of the widely used and comprehensive overview of political/economic thought, political theory, sociology, and philosophy are integrated with economic analysis. Clark offers an introduction to the method and history of political economy, along with comparative studies of classical liberalism, radicalism, conservatism, and modern liberalism. Various issues such as the role of government, inflation and unemployment, poverty and inequality, and education, culture, and gender, are given a comparative analysis from the perspectives of the four major economic ideologies, and contemporary debates are traced back to their origins in the European industrialization process. The book reveals the underlying value judgements and ideological commitments that fuel the debates over public policy.

Recognizing the absence of any consensus regarding the meaning of political economy, Clark begins his work with an introduction to the alternative meanings and historical evolution of the field. This is followed by chapters describing the four comparative approaches, and offering detailed analyses of the thinkers and perspectives that make them up. The rest of the text is devoted to major issues of modern political economy, including a new chapter on science and ideology. Readable, interesting, and up-to-date, this is the ideal text for any course on Political Economy, History of Economic Thought, or Political Theory.

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Reminding us that political economy was the original social science before it devolved in the latter half of the 19th century into political science, economics, sociology, and its other at times contentious siblings, Clark economics, U. of Wisconsin-LaCrosse--whose prime research focus is on the ethical dimensions of public policy --offers a balanced perspective on inter- and intra- disciplinary debates by analyzing the underlying values and paradigms of four contending perspectives in political economics: the classical liberal, radical, conservative, and modern liberal. He also overviews the history of and contemporary issues in the field. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275963705
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 990,788
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Political Economy: An overview 1
Ch. 1 Politics, Economics, and Political Economy 3
Ch. 2 The History of Political Economy 21
Pt. II Contending Perspectives in Political Economy 39
Ch. 3 The Classical Liberal Perspective 41
Ch. 4 The Radical Perspective 55
Ch. 5 The Conservative Perspective 71
Ch. 6 The Modern Liberal Perspective 89
Pt. III Contemporary Issues in Political Economy 105
Ch. 7 Government and the Market 107
Ch. 8 Inflation and Unemployment 133
Ch. 9 Poverty and Inequality 157
Ch. 10 Labor and Industry 183
Ch. 11 Minorities and Discrimination 203
Ch. 12 The Political Economy of Gender 219
Ch. 13 Education and Culture 241
Ch. 14 Pollution and the Environment 263
Ch. 15 International Trade and Development 283
Ch. 16 Science, Ideology, and Political Economy 307
Bibliography 329
Index 353
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