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The 2019 Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology goes to ‘Starving the Beast’ by Monica Prasad

Northwestern University scholar Monica Prasad is the winner of the 2019 Zelizer Book Award given by the American Sociological Association’s Economic Sociology section for an outstanding book in the field. Prasad will receive the Award for her superb book Starving … Continue reading

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The politics of fiscal policies: the lessons of history

Throughout the recent years of the crisis, the EU bodies and the German leaders have constantly oppressed Greece. They have pushed Greek people towards the abyss of austerity in the name of “fiscal responsibility” and “self-evident economic truths”. But essentially, it is … Continue reading

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Camels, mathematics and the history of economics

“By 1935 economics entered into a mathematical epoch. It became easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a non-mathematical genius to enter into the pantheon of original theorists.”  Paul Samuelson (1976: 25) This sharp … Continue reading

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Fiscal embeddedness: taxation policy as an institutional tool of state-building

Bearing in mind Joseph Schumpeter’s assertion that “the public finance is one of the best starting points for an investigation of society, especially, though not exclusively, of its political life”, I find that a multidisciplinary study of the sources, practices and … Continue reading

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Tax avoidance as “tax planning”: global accounting firms on the make

About 21 trillion dollars hoarded by wealthy elites in secretive offshore jurisdictions to avoid taxes in their home countries. The offshore hoard is protected by a highly-paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting, and investment … Continue reading

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Tax breaks for corporations, low-paying jobs and higher taxes for you: a sketch from “Roseanne”

A classic pungent scene from the 1990’s sitcom Roseanne (1 min 40 sec)

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18 focused interpretative digests of each chapter from ‪‎Piketty‬’s “‪‎Capital‬ in the 21st Century”

Read this impressive interpretative review of Thomas ‪Piketty‬’s Capital‬ in the Twenty-First Century – 18 focused posts devoted to each chapter from the book, carefully wrote by Adam David Morton (University of Sydney). Professor Morton clearly summarises each chapter in just a few … Continue reading

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An interesting talk between David Graeber & Thomas Piketty on debt, capitalism, neoliberalism & inequality

Graeber: “Our feelings of helplessness stem from the fact that for thirty years the tools of persuasion and coercion have been mobilized to wage an ideological war for capitalism, rather than to create conditions for capitalism to remain viable. Neoliberalism … Continue reading

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Progress for the Poor

One of the principal goals of antipoverty efforts should be to improve the absolute living standards of the least well-off. Drawing on the experiences and date of twenty countries since the 1970s, Lane Kenworthy (University of Arizona) addresses in his … Continue reading

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Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters

“Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice; all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things”, … Continue reading

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