New Book: The Economic Thought of William Petty – Exploring the Colonialist Roots of Economics

By Hugh Goodcare. From Routledge: William Petty (1623-1687), long recognised as a founding father of English political economy, was actively involved in the military-colonial administration of Ireland following its invasion by Oliver Cromwell, and to the end of his days continued to devise schemes for securing England’s continued domination of that country. It was in … More New Book: The Economic Thought of William Petty – Exploring the Colonialist Roots of Economics

New Book: The Moral Economists – R. H. Tawney, Karl Polanyi, E. P. Thompson, and the Critique of Capitalism

By Tim Rogan. From Princeton University Press: What’s wrong with capitalism? Answers to that question today focus on material inequality. Led by economists and conducted in utilitarian terms, the critique of capitalism in the twenty-first century is primarily concerned with disparities in income and wealth. It was not always so. The Moral Economists reconstructs another … More New Book: The Moral Economists – R. H. Tawney, Karl Polanyi, E. P. Thompson, and the Critique of Capitalism

80 Economic Bestsellers before 1850: A Fresh Look at the History of Economic Thought

Originally posted on Developing Economics:
This new Working Paper studies the economics books which – judged by the number of editions – were the most influential between 1500 and 1849, and compares these to what is represented in accounts of the history of economic thought today. The most interesting outcome of this work is that if we…

New Book by James Young: Union Power – The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

From Monthly Review Press: If you’re lucky enough to be employed today in the United States, there’s about a one-in-ten chance that you’re in a labor union. And even if you’re part of that unionized 10 percent, chances are your union doesn’t carry much economic or political clout. But this was not always the case, … More New Book by James Young: Union Power – The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania

New Book: Against Labor – How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism

From University of Illinois Press: Against Labor highlights the tenacious efforts by employers to organize themselves as a class to contest labor. Ranging across a spectrum of understudied issues, essayists explore employer anti-labor strategies and offer incisive portraits of people and organizations that aggressively opposed unions. Other contributors examine the anti-labor movement against a backdrop … More New Book: Against Labor – How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism