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The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach

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The ABCs of Political Economy is an accessible introduction to modern political economy. While informed by the work of Marx, Keynes, Veblen, Kalecki and other great political economists, Robin Hahnel teaches the reader the essential tools necessary to understand economic issues today from a modern perspective, searching for ways to replace the economics of competition and ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by Pluto Press (first published 2002)
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Jennifer
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
The book is a new and updated edition of a book written in 2002. In many ways it is timely in light of the fiscal crisis. He does a reasonable job of constructing simple models that would be familiar to neoclassical economists, but uses the models to draw very different conclusions about wealth and income distribution.

There are parts that are pretty dense, and in several cases the author refers to passages from the previous edition that were removed because they were tedious and impenetrable. N
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Rob
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Tom
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Dominik
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several times I took up the challenge to read an economics introductory book. I've read "naked economic" before and Robin Hahnels book was way deeper but not as well written. Still I preferred The ABCs of Political Economy, as it explains a lot of relations in modern economics from a qualitative AND quantitative perspective. Also Robin Hahnel identifies the problems of modern economics and gives a guide how to change economics to make people more socially equal. Very nice book!
Doug
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  Karagöz
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Willow L
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sounds parecon but ok
Jon Rossetti
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great alternative take on economics that does well to try and displace common economic assumptions in order to bring dogmatic economics back to the more substantial "political economy."
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Robin Eric Hahnel (born March 25, 1946) is Professor of Economics at Portland State University. He was a professor at American University for many years and traveled extensively advising on economic matters all over the world. He is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert.

Hahnel is a radical economist and political activist. Politically he considers
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