Political Economy Book List

The Natural System of Political Economy
by Friedrich List

The importance of this book, translated for the first time in 1983, lies not so much in List’s advocacy of the fiscal policy of protection as in the relatively new doctrines that he put forward. He discussed stages of economic growth, ‘productive powers’ and the industrialisation of developing regions. List’s most fundamental teachings are fully developed in this book.


Cultural Political Economy
by Jacqueline Best, Matthew Paterson

The global political economy is inescapably cultural. Whether we talk about the economic dimensions of the “war on terror”, the sub-prime crisis and its aftermath, or the ways in which new information technology has altered practices of production and consumption, it has become increasingly clear that these processes cannot be fully captured by the hyper-rational analysis of economists or the slogans of class conflict. This book argues that culture is a concept that can be used to develop more subtle and fruitful analyses of the dynamics and problems of the global political economy.

Rediscovering the unacknowledged role of culture in the writings of classical political economists, the contributors to this volume reveal its central place in the historical evolution of post-war capitalism, exploring its continued role in contemporary economic processes that range from the commercialization of security practices to the development of ethical tourism. The book shows that culture plays a role in both constituting different forms of economic life and in shaping the diverse ways that capitalism has developed historically – from its earliest moments to its most recent challenges.

Providing valuable insights to a wide range of disciplines, this volume will be of vital interest to students and scholars of International Political Economy, Cultural and Economic Geography and Sociology, and International Relations.


Political Economy of Contemporary India
by R. Nagaraj, Sripad Motiram

Cover — Political Economy of Contemporary India — Title — Copyright — Contents — List of Tables and Maps — List of Figures and Pictures — Preface — 1 Introduction: From ‘Intermediate Regime’ to Crony Capitalism — Introduction — I India’s Political Economy: An Overview — 1.1 — 1.2 — 1.3 — II A Synoptic View of the Contributions — 2.1 — 2.2 — 2.3 — 2.4 — III — Endnotes — References — Economy-wide Considerations — 2 The Relationship between the Reserve Bank and the Government of India: Political Economy of Central Banking in India — Introduction — Central Banking till 1985: A Hindu Marriage — The Phase of Monetary Targeting (1986-1998): Emergence of a Joint Family System — More Recent Period: Cracks in the Joint Family or Adulthood of the RBI — Liberalising capital account of the BoP — Public debt and the RBI — To reduce or not to reduce (repo rate): the Hamletian dilemma of Central Banking — Shape of things to come — Conclusion — Annex 1: list of RBI Governors — Endnotes — References — 3 The Limits of Liberalization: The Power Sector — Introduction — Electricity Subsidies: Continuity and Change in the ‘Basic Political Equilibrium’ — Agricultural power — Plural elites — Forging a Dual-Track System: India’s Distinctive Dynamic of Institutional Change — The segmented policy process — The dual-track power sector — The sustainability of the state-market hybrid — Conclusion — Endnotes — References — Political Economy by Regions of India — 4 Political Economy of a Dominant Caste — Introduction — Multiple Crises of the Marathas — Discourse of Backwardness — Internal Stratification and Community Claims — Conclusion — Endnotes — References — 5 Populism and Party: Society Developmental Regimes in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal — Introduction — Dynamics of Economic Growth — Distribution of Enterprises

International Political Economy
by Thomas Oatley

Broadly viewing the global economy as a political competition that produces winners and losers, International Political Economy holistically and accessibly introduces the field of IPE to students with limited background in political theory, history, and economics.This text surveys major interests and institutions and examines how state and non-state actors pursue wealth and power. Emphasizing fundamental economic concepts as well as the interplay between domestic and international politics, International Political Economy not only explains how the global economy works; it also encourages students to think critically about how economic policy is made in the context of globalization.


R&B, Rhythm and Business
by Norman Kelley

“Hot stuff for politically and economically astute pop-music collections.”—Booklist

“A great primer on how poorly the music industry tends to treat its artists.”—New York Press

Courtney Love and Public Enemy’s Chuck D join Kelley and other journalists to examine how black music has been developed, marketed and distributed within the structure of American capitalism.

Norman Kelley is the author of The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome: The Dead End of Black Politics (Nation Books, 2004) and the Nina Halligan mystery series. He lives in Brooklyn.


The Political Economy of Microfinance
by Philip Mader

According to the author, rather than alleviating poverty, microfinance financialises poverty. By indebting poor people in the Global South, it drives financial expansion and opens new lands of opportunity for the crisis-ridden global capital markets. This book raises fundamental concerns about this widely-celebrated tool for social development.


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