Economics for Everyone A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism

ISBN-10: 0745327508

ISBN-13: 9780745327501

Edition: 2008

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Economics is too important to be left to 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 labor are explored, and their importance to everyday life is revealed. Stanford answers questions such as "Do workers need capitalists?", "Why does capitalism harm the environment?", and "What really happens on the stock market?" He offers both a realistic assessment of capitalism's strengths, and a robust critique of its many failures. This book will appeal to those working for a fairer world, and students of social sciences who need to engage with economics. The book is illustrated with humorous and educational cartoons by Tony Biddle, and is supported with a comprehensive set of web-based course materials for popular economics courses.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Why Study Economics?
Preliminaries
The Economy and Economics
Capitalism
Economic History
The Politics of Economics
The Basics of Capitalism: Work, Tools, and Profit
Work, Production, and Value
Working with Tools
Companies, Owners, and Profit
Workers and Bosses
Reproduction (for Economists!)
Closing the Little Circle
Capitalism as a System
Competition
Investment and Growth
Employment and Unemployment
Dividing the Pie
Capitalism and the Environment
The Complexity of Capitalism
Money and Banking
Inflation, Central Banks, and Monetary Policy
Paper Chase: Stock Markets, Financialization, and Pensions
The Conflicting Personalities of Government
Spending and Taxing
Globalization
Development (and Otherwise)
Closing the Big Circle
The Ups and Downs of Capitalism
Challenging Capitalism
Evaluating Capitalism
Improving Capitalism
Replacing Capitalism?
Conclusion: A Dozen Big Things to Remember About Economics
Index
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