Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Primer in the Social Studies of Finance and Performativity: Theories and Methods

At the recent 2011 Academy of Management conference, Daniel Beunza presented an informative and focused “Primer in the Social Studies of Finance and Performativity: Theories and Methods“. This presentation was concerned with clarifying the specific substance of the social studies … Continue reading

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The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism

Apparently, only a few book-length Marxist works were published until now grappling with the current crisis: John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff’s The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (2009), Chris Harman’s Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of … Continue reading

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The Politics of Income Inequality in the United States

Do political dynamics have a systematic and predictable influence on distributional outcomes in the United States? This is central question around which revolves The Politics of Income Inequality in the United States by Nathan J. Kelly.  The answer is a … Continue reading

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Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940 by Vanessa May is an interesting analysis of domestic worker activism and cultural values attached to public and private space. But essentially, this excellent book is about failures: the failure of imagination … Continue reading

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The Political Economy of Development: The World Bank, Neoliberalism and Development

Anyone wanting to succeed in development studies, radical or mainstream, must understand the World Bank’s role and the evolution of its thinking and activities. The Political Economy of Development: The World Bank, Neoliberalism and Development Research, edited by Kate Bayliss, Ben … Continue reading

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Microfinance and its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. Lamia Karim’s path-breaking study of gender, grassroots globalization, and neoliberalism in Bangladesh looks critically at the Grameen Bank and three of the leading NGOs … Continue reading

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The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications

Over the last decade, political economy has grown rapidly as a specialist area of research and teaching within communications and media studies and is now established as a core element in university programmes around the world. The Handbook of Political Economy … Continue reading

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Understanding Social Networks: Theories, Concepts and Findings

Despite the swift spread of social network concepts and their applications and the rising use of network analysis in social science, it is not easy to find a book that provides a thorough general introduction for the serious reader. Understanding Social Networks: … Continue reading

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States of Credit: Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities

In his pioneering book States of Credit, David Stasavage investigates two core aspects of European state formation during the medieval and early modern eras: the development of representative institutions and a system of public credit. Stasavage sought to explain why the latter developed … Continue reading

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Political Economy of Law

In his new book Political Economy Of Law, Patrick McNutt (Manchester Business School) explores the meaning of law within a political environment, and advances many new ideas and concepts first addressed in his earlier book Law, Economics and Antitrust. The … Continue reading

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