Category: Political economy


Capital Vol I

Penguin | March 28, 1990 | 1152 pages
Professor:  Justin Paulson
Course Codes:  SOCI 5804
Semester:  Winter-20
Capital, one of Marx's major and most influential works, was the product of thirty years close study of the capitalist mode of production in England, the most advanced industrial society of his day. This new translation of Volume One, the only volume to be completed and edited by Marx himself,... More Info

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

PublicAffairs | March 3, 2020 | 704 pages
The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana... More Info

Competition Overdose

Harper Business | March 17, 2020 | 448 pages
Using dozens of vivid examples to show how society overprescribed competition as a solution and when unbridled rivalry hurts consumers, kills entrepreneurship, and increases economic inequality, two free-market thinkers diagnose the sickness caused by competition overdose and provide remedies that... More Info

The Case for Community Wealth Building

Polity | December 31, 2019 | 140 pages
Our broken economic model drives inequality and disempowerment, lining the pockets of corporations while extracting wealth from local communities. How can we reverse this? Joe Guinan and Martin O’Neill argue for an approach that uses the power of democratic participation to drive equitable... More Info

The Debt Delusion

Polity | January 13, 2020 | 216 pages
‘Governments should spend no more than their tax income.’ Most people in Europe and North America accept this statement as simple common sense. It resonates with the deeply engrained economic metaphors that dominate public discourse, from ‘living within your means’ to ‘balancing the... More Info

Bit Tyrants

February 5, 2020 | 214 pages
For all their famed disruption of the economy, Big Tech's secret sauce turns out to be Capitalism's standard issue blend of exploitation and corporate maleficence.  More Info

A Postcapitalist Politics

March 28, 2020 | 276 pages
Is there life after capitalism? In this creatively argued follow-up to their book The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It), J. K. Gibson-Graham offer already existing alternatives to a global capitalist order and outline strategies for building alternative economies. A Postcapitalist Politics reveals... More Info

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

Bloomsbury Publishing USA | January 17, 2012 | 288 pages
Challenges popular misconceptions while making startling revelations about free-market practices, explaining the author's views on global capitalism dynamics while making recommendations for reshaping capitalism to humane ends.  More Info

Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism

NYU Press | October 24, 2017 | 368 pages
Reveals the ideal of a sustainable ecosocialist world in Marx’s writings Karl Marx, author of what is perhaps the world’s most resounding and significant critique of bourgeois political economy, has frequently been described as a “Promethean.” According to critics, Marx held an inherent... More Info

One Market Under God

Anchor Canada | March 28, 2020 | 436 pages
Critiques the "market populism" which identifies markets with democracy and the will of the people, discusses the role of modern society, and suggests a return to economic justice and political democracy.  More Info

Political Economy of Narcotics: Production, Consumption & Global Markets

Professor:  Christopher Webb
Course Codes:  GEOG 3024
Semester:  Winter-20
This scholarly examination of the worldwide web of narcotics today provides students, social workers, health providers, law enforcement officers and policy makers with an up-to-date, overall exploration of the world of drugs. Vast resources are pumped into the 'war on drugs'. But in practice,... More Info

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Harvard University Press | August 14, 2017 | 816 pages
Professor:  Ryan Katz-Rosene
Course Codes:  POL 7110
The main driver of inequality—returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth—is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the... More Info

A Brief History of Neoliberalism

Oxford University Press, USA | January 1, 2007 | 247 pages
Professor:  Ryan Katz-Rosene
Course Codes:  POL 7110
Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Its spread has depended upon a reconstitution of state powers such that... More Info

Gender and the Political Economy of Development

Polity | February 1, 2002 | 272 pages
Professor:  Ryan Katz-Rosene
Course Codes:  POL 7110
"Rai subjects the projects of both national development and globalization to searching scrutiny through a gender lens. Her emphasis on the intersection of gender and other forms of inequality is very timely. An excellent text for a wide range of courses in politics, sociology and development... More Info

The Green New Deal

St. Martin's Press | September 10, 2019 | 288 pages
An urgent plan to confront climate change, transform the American economy, and create a green post-fossil fuel culture. A new vision for America’s future is quickly gaining momentum. Facing a global emergency, a younger generation is spearheading a national conversation around a Green New Deal... More Info


Polity | May 14, 2019 | 180 pages
Much of our life involves working, preparing for work, searching for work, or thinking and worrying about work. Whether paid or unpaid, free or coerced, full-time, part-time, or zero-hours, work defines us and helps shape our behavior both on and off the job. In this accessible book, leading labor... More Info

Inventing the Future

Verso | September 28, 2016 | 272 pages
A major new manifesto for a high-tech future, free from work Neoliberalism isn't working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite. Inventing the Future is a bold new manifesto... More Info

Why Austerity Persists

Polity | December 9, 2019 | 208 pages
In the wake of the 2008 crisis, many nations in the Global North turned to austerity policies in an effort to resolve financial ills. What many failed to recognize is the longer history and varied pattern of such policies in the Global South over the preceding decades – policies which had largely... More Info

Trading for Good

Zed Books | July 15, 2019 | 256 pages
Trade is the lifeblood of the global economy, but few would consider it a social good. Instead, our views on trade have polarized between two extremes: 'free trade' ideologues who regard trade as an end in itself, and 'protectionists' who view it as a destructive force to be contained. But there is... More Info

Quantum Economics

Icon Books | June 6, 2019 | 400 pages
The emerging science of quantum economics can help us create a 'real-world' economics that actually works for us all.  More Info

Change Everything

Zed Books | October 15, 2019 | 272 pages
Is it possible for businesses to have a bottom line that is not profit and endless growth, but human dignity, justice, sustainability and democracy? Or an alternative economic model that is untainted by the greed and crises of current financial systems? Christian Felber says it is. Moreover, in... More Info

The Finance Curse

Grove Press | November 5, 2019 | 304 pages
A searing indictment of global finance, exploring how the banking sector grew from a supporter of business to the biggest business in the world, and showing how societies might fight against financial hegemony  More Info

A World of Three Zeros

PublicAffairs | September 11, 2018 | 304 pages
A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and bestselling author of Banker to the Poor offers his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating... More Info


November 12, 2019 | 256 pages
A revelatory alternative to the standard economic models of human behavior that proposes an exciting new way to understand decision-making  More Info

About Canada

September 1, 2016 | 144 pages
In a public-private partnership, or P3, a private, for-profit corporation assumes control over the design, construction, financing and operation of public infrastructure and services. P3s have been used in Canada since the early 1990s, but they are now so common that they have become the standard... More Info

Nine Crises

January 24, 2019 | 304 pages
A collapsing pound, spiralling oil prices, near-rationing of electricity... over the past half-century, Britain's economy has lurched from one crisis to another, though it somehow always survives - or at least it has done until now. Veteran financial journalist William Keegan has seen it all, from... More Info


Repeater | September 10, 2019 | 300 pages
A readable polemic on the growing dominance of the finance industry over the UK economy, and what the left can do to challenge it. The last time there had been run a on a British bank was 1886, when Overend, Gurney and Company folded after their appeals to the Bank of England for support fell on... More Info

The Sport and Prey of Capitalists

Dundurn | September 24, 2019 | 264 pages
The story of how we as a nation collectively built promising national projects and are now selling them off to the rich. In the early 1900s, thousands of Canadians battled wealthy interests, winning control of Niagara Falls and creating a public power company. Another popular movement succeeded in... More Info

Capitalism: a Graphic Guide

Icon Books | June 6, 2019 | 208 pages
The history, theory and impacts of this world-dominating economic ideology  More Info

Narrative Economics

Princeton University Press | October 1, 2019 | 400 pages
"Economists have long based their forecasts on financial aggregates such as price-earnings ratios, asset prices, and exchange rate fluctuations, and used them to produce statistically informed speculations about the future--with limited success. Robert Shiller employs such aggregates in his own... More Info


Polity | September 23, 2019 | 224 pages
No economist has written more incisively and provocatively on financial crisis than Hyman Minsky. Minsky is best known for his claim that "stability is destabilizing" – that the seeds of the bust are sown in the boom. This financial instability hypothesis received renewed attention – and... More Info

Can the Welfare State Survive?

John Wiley & Sons | March 18, 2016 | 152 pages
After the most serious economic crash since the 1930s and the slowest recovery on record, austerity rules. Spending on the welfare state did not cause the crisis, but deep cuts in welfare budgets has become the default policy response. The welfare state is seen as a burden on wealth creation which... More Info


CBC Massey Lectures | September 3, 2019 | 240 pages
Legendary novelist, poet, and essayist Margaret Atwood delivers a surprising look at the topic of "debt" -- a timely subject during our current period of economic upheaval. In her intelligent and imaginative approach to the subject, Atwood proposes that "debt" is like air -- something we take for... More Info

Legalizing Theft

Fernwood Publishing | April 16, 2018 | 128 pages
When our infrastructures deteriorate, when social benefits are frozen, when our living conditions are precarious, it is because of tax havens. A source of growing inequalities and colossal tax losses, the use of tax havens by large corporations and wealthy individuals explains austerity policies.... More Info


March 28, 2020 | 145 pages
"A mugger says to a stranger, "Give me your wallet or I will beat you to pulp!" It is a crime. An employer says to a worker: "Adding lung-saving ventilation will reduce my profit. Give me back some of your wages and I will let you keep your lungs!" This is not a crime. Our assumptions about the... More Info

A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism

NYU Press | October 24, 2017 | 256 pages
Capitalism drives our global food system. Everyone who wants to end hunger, who wants to eat good, clean, healthy food, needs to understand capitalism. This book will help do that. In his latest book, Eric Holt-Giménez takes on the social, environmental, and economic crises of the capitalist mode... More Info


Penguin Classics | March 28, 1993 | 417 pages
Records Marx's critical study of capitalism as an economic system and briefly evaluates his handling of the subject  More Info


Penguin | March 28, 1992 | 624 pages
Records Marx's critical study of capitalism as an economic system and briefly evaluates his handling of the subject  More Info

What Would Keynes Do?

Firefly Books | February 21, 2018 | 192 pages
Have you ever wondered what Adam Smith would have to say about you playing the lottery? Whether Jeremy Bentham could cure your hangover? Or what Milton Friedman might get you for Christmas? By comparing and contrasting what the greatest economists of all time would have to say about 40 questions... More Info

Abu Dhabi

July 15, 2011 | 244 pages
A rising economic power, Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, is poised to become a major player in the fortunes of both Third and First World countries. Abu Dhabi owns more than 8 percent of the world's oil reserves, has close to one trillion dollars to invest in sovereign... More Info

Natural Capital

Yale University Press | January 5, 2015 | 296 pages
Hard-hitting recommendations for what must be done to manage global natural capital and reverse environmental destruction  More Info

Pioneers, Hidden Champions, Changemakers, and Underdogs

Mit Press | March 1, 2019 | 192 pages
An insider's view of China's under-the-radar, globally competitive innovators.  More Info

The Outsourcer

MIT Press | March 6, 2015 | 296 pages
Originally published as: The long revolution.  More Info

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

W. W. Norton | April 16, 2019 | 384 pages
"Democracy is no longer writing the rules for capitalism; instead it is the other way around. With his deep insight and wide learning, Kuttner is among our best guides for understanding how we reached this point and what's at stake if we stay on our current path."--Heather McGhee, president of... More Info

End This Depression Now!

W. W. Norton | March 28, 2020 | 259 pages
Looks at the economic downturn of the early twenty-first century, declaring it a depression, and outlines the steps that can be taken to reverse the trend and get back on the road to economic recovery.  More Info

Digital Cash

Princeton University Press | June 25, 2019 | 272 pages
The fascinating untold story of digital cash and its creators—from experiments in the 1970s to the mania over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies Bitcoin may appear to be a revolutionary form of digital cash without precedent or prehistory. In fact, it is only the best-known recent experiment in a... More Info

The Code of Capital

Princeton University Press | May 28, 2019 | 320 pages
A compelling explanation of how the law shapes the distribution of wealth Capital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code... More Info

The Little Big Number - How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do about It

April 1, 2017 | 416 pages
"In one lifetime, GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, has ballooned from a narrow economic tool into a global article of faith. It is our universal yardstick of progress. As The Little Big Number demonstrates, this spells trouble. While economies and cultures measure their performance by it, GDP... More Info

Economics in Two Lessons

Princeton University Press | April 23, 2019 | 408 pages
A masterful introduction to the key ideas behind the successes—and failures—of free-market economics Since 1946, Henry Hazlitt’s bestselling Economics in One Lesson has popularized the belief that economics can be boiled down to one simple lesson: market prices represent the true cost of... More Info

Straight Talk on Trade

Princeton University Press | August 27, 2019 | 336 pages
An honest discussion of free trade and how nations can sensibly chart a path forward in today’s global economy Not so long ago the nation-state seemed to be on its deathbed, condemned to irrelevance by the forces of globalization and technology. Now it is back with a vengeance, propelled by a... More Info