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The early Karl Polanyi: Interpreting “Socialist Accounting”

We are all Polanyians now. Karl Polanyi is probably one of the most famous theorists among social scientists today. It is almost impossible not to come across Polanyi’s citations and references in a very wide range of researches over the last … Continue reading

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Why is there no labor party in the United States? Look at Canada to find out

In 1906, a German distinguished (somewhat neglected) economist and sociologist Werner Sombart published Why is there no Socialism in the United States? – a book which will become a famous work on American exceptionalism to this day (along with a pioneering and penetrative  Democracy in America, by Alexis de … Continue reading

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Community Capitalism in China: the State, the Market, and Collectivism

“Planning and market forces are not the essential difference between socialism and capitalism. A planned economy is not the definition of socialism, because there is planning under capitalism; the market economy happens under socialism, too. Planning and market forces are … Continue reading

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From Socialism to Neoliberalism: the case of Central Eastern European countries

The transition from communism or socialism to capitalism has proved to be a rockier road than many in the West (think of Fukuyama as an example) anticipated. The degree and character of challenges that countries faced during the transition depended … Continue reading

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“The New European ‪Left‬: A ‪‎Socialism‬ for the Twenty-First Century?” analyzes the development and current state of the left parties and movements in Europe

Marking 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this interesting book The New European Left assesses the performance of the political current which has grown out of communist and other left forces. Despite expectations of the total demise of … Continue reading

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Why did the transition from socialism to capitalism result in improved growth in some countries and economic decline in others? It is all about mass privatization

Scholars have advanced three main arguments to explain why did the transition from socialism to capitalism result in improved growth in some countries and significant economic decline in others: (1) successful countries rapidly implemented neoliberal policies; (2) failures were not … 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 Making of British Socialism

This impressive book offers a fresh perspective on the emergence of British socialism in the late nineteenth century, demonstrating that it was not a working-class movement demanding state action, but a creative campaign of political hope promoting social justice, personal transformation … 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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