Economics for Everyone A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism
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Description: 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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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 5/30/2008
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: Why Study Economics?|
|The Economy and Economics|
|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|
|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|
|Development (and Otherwise)|
|Closing the Big Circle|
|The Ups and Downs of Capitalism|
|Conclusion: A Dozen Big Things to Remember About Economics|