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Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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1-10 of 204 results in Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
  1. Representing Public Credit

    Credible commitment, fiction, and the rise of the financial subject

    By Natalie Roxburgh

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    Public credit was controversial in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. It entailed new ways of thinking about the individual in relation to the State and was for many reasons a site of cultural negotiation and debate. At the same time, it required commitment from participants in order to...

    Published December 21st 2015 by Routledge

  2. The Economics of Voting

    Studies of self-interest, bargaining, duty and rights

    By Dan Usher

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    The economics of voting is about whether and to what extent self-interest may be relied upon in voting. The central proposition in economics is that the world’s work gets done satisfactorily when each person does what they think is best for themselves. The commonsense view of the matter is that...

    Published December 17th 2015 by Routledge

  3. The Evolution of Economies

    Money-bargaining, economic change and industrial revolution

    By Patrick Spread

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    It is clear even to casual observation that economies evolve from year to year and over centuries. Yet mainstream economic theory assumes that economies always move towards equilibrium. One consequence of this is that mainstream theory is unable to deal with economic history. The Evolution of...

    Published December 8th 2015 by Routledge

  4. Cognitive Developments in Economics

    By Salvatore Rizzello

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    Cognitive Developments in Economics proposes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human problem solving, choice, decision-making and change, to explain economic transactions, and the nature and evolution of organisations and institutions. The book contributes to a large spectrum of...

    Published December 4th 2015 by Routledge

  5. The Political Economy of Food and Finance

    By Ted P. Schmidt

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    The financialization, globalization and industrialization of our food systems make it increasingly difficult to access quality fresh food. In fact, the industrialized global food system is creating products that are less food-like, engendering growing questions about the health and safety of our...

    Published November 26th 2015 by Routledge

  6. Paradigms in Political Economy

    By Kavous Ardalan

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    Social theory can usefully be conceived in terms of four key paradigms: functionalist, interpretive, radical humanist, and radical structuralist. The four paradigms are founded upon different assumptions about the nature of social science and the nature of society. Each generates theories, concepts...

    Published November 12th 2015 by Routledge

  7. Economics, Culture and Development

    By Eiman O. Zein-Elabdin

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    This book examines the treatment of culture and development in the discipline of economics, thereby filling a conspicuous gap in current literature. Economics has come a long way to join the ‘cultural turn’ that has swept the humanities and social sciences in the last half century. This volume...

    Published September 7th 2015 by Routledge

  8. Inherited Wealth, Justice and Equality

    Edited by Guido Erreygers, John Cunliffe

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    The core of the book consists of a selection of papers presented at an international workshop where researchers from a variety of fields and countries discussed the connections between inherited wealth, justice and equality. The volume is complemented by a few other papers commissioned by the...

    Published September 4th 2015 by Routledge

  9. The Market

    Equilibrium, Stability, Mythology

    By Sydney N. Afriat

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    This punchy book unites mainline mathematical economics and sometimes idiosyncratic political economy. Freshness is brought to the market concept giving general equilibrium theory a new lease of life, and an opening of thought on such matters as free trade, globalization and the environment.Where...

    Published July 20th 2015 by Routledge

  10. Economic Indeterminacy

    A personal encounter with the economists' peculiar nemesis

    By Yanis Varoufakis

    Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

    This volume is a collection of some of the best and most influential work of Yanis Varoufakis. The chapters all address the issue of economic indeterminacy, and the place of a socialized Homo Economicus within the economy. The book addresses Varoufakis’ key interpretation regarding the way in which...

    Published June 9th 2015 by Routledge