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Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism
     

Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism

by Jim Stanford
 

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ISBN-10: 0745327508

ISBN-13: 2900745327500

Pub. Date: 05/29/2008

Publisher: Pluto Press

Economics is too important to be left to the economists. This brilliantly concise and readable book provides non-specialist readers with all the information they need to understand how capitalism works (and how it doesn't).

Jim Stanford's book is an antidote to the abstract and ideological way that economics is normally taught and reported. Key concepts such as

Overview

Economics is too important to be left to the economists. This brilliantly concise and readable book provides non-specialist readers with all the information they need to understand how capitalism works (and how it doesn't).

Jim Stanford's book is an antidote to the abstract and ideological way that economics is normally taught and reported. Key concepts such as finance, competition and wage labour are explored, and their importance to everyday life is revealed.

Illustrated with humorous and educational cartoons by Tony Biddle, this book will appeal to those working for a fairer world, and students of social sciences who need to engage with economics.

About the Author:
Jim Stanford is economist for the Canadian Auto Workers union, and economics columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900745327500
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
05/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction: Why Study Economics?     1
Preliminaries
The Economy and Economics     17
Capitalism     33
Economic History     40
The Politics of Economics     52
The Basics of Capitalism: Work, Tools, and Profit
Work, Production, and Value     65
Working with Tools     76
Companies, Owners, and Profit     86
Workers and Bosses     99
Reproduction (for Economists!)     111
Closing the Little Circle     119
Capitalism as a System
Competition     129
Investment and Growth     140
Employment and Unemployment     151
Dividing the Pie     162
Capitalism and the Environment     172
The Complexity of Capitalism
Money and Banking     189
Inflation, Central Banks, and Monetary Policy     200
Paper Chase: Stock Markets, Financialization, and Pensions     214
The Conflicting Personalities of Government     226
Spending and Taxing     239
Globalization     253
Development (and Otherwise)     269
Closing the Big Circle     281
The Ups and Downs of Capitalism     291
Challenging Capitalism
Evaluating Capitalism     305
Improving Capitalism     315
Replacing Capitalism?     324
Conclusion: A Dozen Big Things to Remember About Economics     335
Index     341

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