Political Economy Books by URPE members (2013 and earlier)

Martin H. Wolfson and Gerald A. Epstein. 2013. The Handbook of the Political Economy of Financial Crises Oxford University Press.

The book includes both economic and political analyses.  It features an international group of authors including authors from the U.S. Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  Chapters are easily comprehensible by undergraduates, but also rich and sophisticated enough to be of use to graduate students, professors and policy makers. 

Robin Hahnel. 2011. Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis Routledge.

This book's pluralistic, non-dogmatic, and committed investigation of the values of ecological sustainability, economic justice, and human dignity provides balanced analysis of environmental problems and their potential solutions.

Hardy Hanappi (Editor).  2013.  Game Theory Relaunched. Intech.  Free download

Game theory sets out to explore what can be said about making decisions which go beyond accepting the rules of a game. Since 1942, a well elaborated mathematical apparatus has been developed to do so; but there is more. During the last three decades game theoretic reasoning has popped up in many other fields as well - from engineering to biology and psychology. New simulation tools and network analysis have made game theory omnipresent these days. This book collects recent research papers in game theory, which come from diverse scientific communities all across the world; they combine many different fields like economics, politics, history, engineering, mathematics, physics, and psychology.

P. Sai-wing Ho. 2010.  Rethinking Trade and Commercial Policy Theories: Development Perspectives Elgar.

Mainstream trade and commercial policy theories – with lineage traced back to Smith, Ricardo, Torrens, and Mill – have often trivialised the process of development as static resource allocation. Peter Sai-wing Ho re-interprets the works of these classical economists and those of the so-called ‘protectionists’ – Hamilton, List, Manoïlesco, Prebisch, Myrdal, and Singer – to offer an alternative framework that considers the role of trade, foreign investment, and technology in engendering uneven development. The author reveals that these ‘protectionists’ actually offered sophisticated prescriptions involving non-trade instruments, interweaving import-substitution with export-promotion, and emphasising indigenous technological-capability cultivation.

Eric A. Schutz. 2012 Inequality and Power: the Economics of Class Routledge.

This book is about the causes and consequences of economic inequality in the advanced market economies of today. It is commonplace that in market systems people choose their own individual economic destinies, but of course the choices people make are importantly determined by the alternatives available to them: economic disparity arises mainly from unequal opportunity. Yet this merely begs the question; from whence do the vast existing inequalities of opportunity arise? This book theorizes power and social class as the real crux of economic inequality.  See Michael D. Yates review of this book in the Monthly Review.

John Marangos. 2013. Comparative Economic Systems Methexis, Thesaloniki (In Greek)
John Marangos. 2013.  Consistency and Viability of Islamic Economic Systems and the Transition Process. Springer

John Marangos. 2013. Consistency and Viability of Socialist Economic Systems and the Transition Process Palgrave Macmillian.

Economic systems and the reforms processes examined in Consistency and Viability of Socialist Economics Systems are the centrally administered socialist economics system of the Soviet Union, the Liberman-Kosygin reforms, the Gorbachev reforms and market socialism of Yugoslavia.

John Marangos. 2013. Consistency and Viability of Capitalist Economic Systems and the Transition Process Palgrave Macmillian.

Consistency and Viability of Capitalist Economic Systems develops an original analytical framework to understand the relationship between the economic, political, and ideological structures, the external environment, and the process of reform that give rise to certain economic systems by establishing consistency.

John Marangos and N. Karagiannis. 2013 Toward a Good Society in the Twenty-first Century: Principles and Policies Palgrave Macmillian.

Having previously defined a good society as a sustainable society with a high level of development, significant provision of meaningful jobs, and low levels of inequality and social ills, Toward a Good Society in the Twenty-first Century provides a wide range of principles and policies that would be necessary if we are to achieve a good society.

John Marangos. 2012 Alternative Perspectives of a Good Society Palgrave Macmillian.

As a collection of alternative views on societies, methodologies, policies and assessment of the current elements of the society, Alternative Perspectives on a Good Society brings together different authors answering different questions all within the context of visions of a good society.

Deborah Figart and John Marangos (Editors). 2011. Living Standards and Social Well-Being Routledge.

Too many of the world’s citizens face impoverished living standards. The economic and financial crises have made matters worse. The viewpoint of Living Standards and Social Well-Being is that the fundamental objective for an economy is provisioning, not simply efficiency. The chapters in this volume examine how economies across the globe come to understand what constitutes a living and how they can improve living standards, including balancing paid work with family life and civic responsibility.

Robin Hahnel. 2012. Of the People, By the People: The Case for a Participatory Economy Soapbox Press.

Unless the economy is of the people and by the people it will never be for the people. This book is for people who want to know what a desirable alternative to capitalism might look like.  It is for people who want to dig into what economic justice and economic democracy mean. It is a book for optimists—who believe the human species must be capable of something better than succumbing to competition and greed or authoritarianism, and would like to know how we can do it. It is also a book for skeptics—who demand to be shown, explicitly and concretely, how a modern economy can dispense with markets and authoritarian planning, and how hundreds of millions of people can manage their own division of labor efficiently and equitably.

Maarten de Kadt. 2011. The Bronx River: An Environmental & Social History. The History Press.

The Bronx River flows twenty-three miles from its source in Valhalla to its mouth, the East River in the Bronx. This waterway was used for centuries by Native American tribes for drinking, food and transportation. After the arrival of Europeans, though, the Bronx River suffered as industry prospered; it powered mills and, unfortunately, became a dumping ground for all kinds of waste. Its appearance and ecosystem were forever changed. Today, community members are again attempting to alter the river, but this time for the better, by helping it recover.

South-East Europe in Evolution

Hardy Hanappi, Editor. 2012. South-East Europe in Evolution Routledge.

Through an exploration of Europe’s cultural and political economy, this volume argues that the south-east part of Europe is currently the most crucial component of Europe’s future development. The book charts the post-World War Two ‘evolution’ of the continent, taking in such key turning points as the 1971 breakdown of the fixed exchange rate system, the breakdown of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, and the 2008 global financial collapse. In doing so, the book seeks to explain why and how the current events in south-east Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean can be seen as the weakest points in the wider capitalist system in Europe, and how the issues faced by these regions can provide insight into a possible re-design of European governance.

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Howard Sherman and Michael A. Meeropol. 2013.  Principles of Macroeconomics: Activist vs. Austerity Policies Routledge

Cyrus Bina Oil: A Time Machine (Second Edition) Cyrus Bina. 2012. Oil: A Time Machine (Second Edition) Linus Publications
Cover of Alternative Theories of Competition Jamee K. Moudud, Cyrus Bina, Patrick L. Mason (Editors). 2012. Alternative Theories of Competition Routledge.
Book cover: Things fall apart: From the crash of 2008 to the long slump Ramaa Vasudevan. 2013. Things Fall Apart: From the crash of 2008 to the long slump Sage Publications.
Cover of Cuban Eocnomists on the Cuban Economy Al Campbell (editor). 2013. Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy University of Florida Press.
Michael Zwieg. 2012. The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret Second edition. ILR Press, Cornell University Press.
Cover of White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making Nicholas Carnes. 2013. White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making University of Chicago Press.
Cover of Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Mermory Penny Lewis. 2013. Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory Cornell University Press
Cover of Down the Upe Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in Great Recession Barbara Garson. 2013. Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession Random House.
Cover of The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyrrany Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers Michael Perelman. 2013. The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers Monthly Review Press
Cover of Land Ownership, Inequality and Rural Factor Markets in Turkey Fatma Gül Ünal. 2013. Land Ownership, Inequality and Rural Factor Markets in Turkey: A Study for Critically Evaluating Market Friendly Reforms Macmillan.