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India, Modernity and the Great Divergence – Why the Industrial Revolution and Modern Economic Growth first occurred in England

by Kaveh Yazdani*  How come the world’s eight wealthiest men are as rich as half the planet’s population? Why do the vast bulk of the super-rich come from the West despite the rise of Chinese and Indian capital? And why are … Continue reading

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The political economy of pharmaceutical industries and healthcare in developing countries

Do economic development  and growth more or less automatically bring with them better medical care and health to the population of a country? Well, it is generally presumed that they do. This assumption is also a core part of a … Continue reading

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International Political Economy scholars miss THE question of the 21st century: the rise of a global labor class living in poverty

In the recent years, more and more International Political Economy (IPE) scholars are dissatisfied with the current state of this field of research and desire to identify the ‘Big Questions’ of the 21st century. In this (open access) article, Benjamin … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism in the Global South: the shift in development strategies

Despite the fact that the first substantially neoliberal regime was actually in the far South, the civil-military dictatorship in Chile, neoliberalism is generally attributed to western and developed countries. “Where in the world does Neoliberalism come from? The market agenda … Continue reading

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Eric Helleiner’s new book: “Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development & Making of the Postwar Order”

As Helleiner did in his excellent previous influential works, in this new book he presents in intellectually-engaging manner a thoughtful and bright analysis which is a must-read for economic sociologists and political economists interested in studying institutions, international political economy and power … Continue reading

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Economic Anthropology

This new book lays out the most sophisticated history and practice of economic anthropology. The authors- Chris Hann and Keith Hart- show that anthropologists have contributed to understanding the three great questions of modern economic history: development, socialism and capitalism. … Continue reading

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The Entrepreneur: Classic Texts by Joseph A. Schumpeter

The renowned economist Joseph A. Schumpeter made seminal contributions not only to economic theory but also to sociology and economic history. The Entrepreneur: Classic Texts by Joseph A. Schumpeter, edited by Markus C. Becker, Thorbjørn Knudsen, and Richard Swedberg, contains several … Continue reading

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

Any student, academic or practitioner 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 provides tools for gaining this understanding and applies them … 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. This 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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