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The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach

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'Lucidly written, comprehensive in coverage, based on expert understanding and insight.' Noam Chomsky
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by Pluto Press (first published 2002)
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This is an overview of economic theory from the point of view of a radical political economist. Hahnel includes a few chapters with simple economic models -- by this I mean that he describes an aspect of an economic system in an equation or set of equations that illuminates the relationships between different aspects of the system; for example, in one model he demonstrates mathematically why, if resources are not distributed equally to begin with, a credit or wage market will tend to increase ef ...more
(9/10) More than just an introductory textbook, what Robin Hahnel offers up with The ABCs of Political Economy is an entirely different starting place for economics. He lays the groundwork here for a kind of leftist economics system that escapes both the oversights of conventional capitalist economics and the formalism of Marxist approaches, creating a system which is primarily concerned with *gasp* the way in which people actually live. Before this I had written off contemporary economics as mo ...more
A fantastic overview of contemporary radical economics. Hahnel presents a solid framework for understanding the meaning of economic justice, a penetrating critique of markets and private ownership of the means of production, and a strong debunking of the myths about capitalist globalization. This book is an invaluable resource for leftists who want to effectively debate and analyze economic issues.
I passed over many of this book's chapters due to unshared economic assumptions and/or mathematical demands, but its chapter four on the Laws of Supply and Demand provided a wonderful explanation of the radical individualism inherent in free market analyses. This discussion will stick with me nicely.
Fatih Mehmet Karagöz
Alternatif bir piyasa önerisi nasıl olur ve Adam Smith'den bu yana piyasada var olan aksaklıklar,türlü kandırmacalar nelerdir,bunları öğrenmek adına temel oluşturan güzel bir kitap...Ancak çok uç fikirlerin öne sürüldüğünü de kabul etmek lazım...
James Tracy
Robin Hahnel is clearly the best writer in the Parecon crew. Even if you don't agree with everything, his clarity and reasoning is always welcome. He manages to explain a host of economic models in a way where everyone can understand.
Good read about the unwarranted assumptions of mainstream economic theory. Is more theoretical knowledge than practical. The chapters on micro and macro models are especially interesting.
One of books I read to get to know economy a little bit. Easy to read, even for people like me who never majored in economics.
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