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Capitalism Unleashed: Finance, Globalization, and Welfare

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This accessible and persuasive book challenges the notion of our capitalist destiny. It provides a clear and concise history of the problems facing the economies of Europe, Japan, and the US during the latter half of the twentieth century and questions whether capitalism has really brought the levels of economic growth and prosperity that were hoped for. Andrew Glyn then l ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published August 23rd 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jun 24, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Capitalism Unleashed is a straightforward, accessible volume that details the main drift of the global political economy over the course of the last three decades. Though the book is densely packed with facts and figures, charts and graphs, and technical data documenting phenomena such as Foreign Direct Investment flows or foreign exchange rates, it is guided at all times by a keen eye toward the social relations behind the numbers. At the heart of the book is an analysis of the shifting balance ...more
Jan 31, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Glyn gives a bird's-eye view of OECD economies from the 60s to the present day, maintaining--like a good Marxist--a focus on labor. Certain chapters were more readable than others, and of course the language sometimes went into the hopelessly vague and broad, but ultimately a handy guide to the basic machinations and developments of capitalism in the wealthy countries.
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Jun 13, 2016 Joseph Ballard rated it liked it
In Capitalism Unleashed, Andrew Glyn offers an excellent critique of capitalism. Being published before the financial crisis of 07/08, it would be interesting to know what chapters Glyn would chose to include if he was writing the book now. Personally, I don't think the book would be THAT different. Glyn perfectly identified some of the causes of the financial crisis before they had actually happened.

Rather than being a Marxist call to arms, Capitalism Unleashed simply states the problems modern
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