Economics After Capitalism: A Guide to the Ruins and a Road to the Future

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Pluto Press, 2015 - Business & Economics - 174 pages
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From the time it was uttered by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, ?There is no alternative” has been the unofficial mantra of the neoliberal order. The illusion of inevitability has long been a bulwark of late capitalism, leaving us unable to imagine anything beyond its crises and inequalities. But as Derek Wall argues in Economics After Capitalism, there is in fact an alternative to our crisis-ridden, austerity-inflicted world?and not just one alternative, but many.
Challenging the arguments for markets, mainstream economics, and capitalism from Adam Smith onwards, Economics After Capitalism provides a step-by-step guide to the writers, movements, and schools of thought critical of neoliberal globalization. These thinkers range from Keynesian-inspired reformists such as George Soros and Joseph Stiglitz and critics of inequality like Thomas Piketty and Amartya Sen to more radical voices including Naomi Klein, Marxists such as David Harvey, anarchists, and autonomists including Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt.
Wall explains Marx's economic system in a twenty-first century context and outlines how we can build a democratic economy that, by drawing on the ideas of Elinor Ostrom, Hugo Chavez and others, can renew socialism. In providing a clear and accessible guide to the economics of anti-capitalism, Derek Wall successfully demonstrates that an alternative to rampant climate change, elite rule and financial chaos is not just necessary, but possible.

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About the author (2015)

Derek Wall is the author of six books including The Rise of the Green Left, The Sustainable Economics of Elinor Ostrom and, with Penny Kemp, A Green Manifesto for the 1990s. He teaches political economy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is international coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales.

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