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The econocracy : on the perils of leaving economics to the experts

Author: Joe Earle; Cahal Moran; Zach Ward-Perkins
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2017.
Series: Manchester capitalism
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One hundred years ago the idea of 'the economy' did not exist. Now, improving the economy has come to be seen as one of the most important tasks facing modern societies. Politics and policy making are increasingly conducted in the language of economics and economic logic frames how political problems are defined and addressed. The result is that citizens who cannot speak the specialised language are increasingly  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe Earle; Cahal Moran; Zach Ward-Perkins
ISBN: 9780141986869 0141986867
OCLC Number: 1016024097
Description: 1 volume (xiii, 212 pages) : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Manchester capitalism
Responsibility: Joe Earle, Cahal Moran, Zach Ward-Perkins.

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One hundred years ago the idea of 'the economy' did not exist. Now, improving the economy has come to be seen as one of the most important tasks facing modern societies. Politics and policy making are increasingly conducted in the language of economics and economic logic frames how political problems are defined and addressed. The result is that citizens who cannot speak the specialised language are increasingly locked out of politics. This book is about how economics came to be seen this way and the damaging consequences that result. We have put experts in charge without asking whether those experts are fit for purpose. The econocracy attempts to open up the discipline of economics and demonstrate its inner workings to the wider public so that the work of reclaiming democracy can begin.

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"An interesting and highly pertinent book." --Noam Chomsky "It is a damning indictment for the economics profession that it has taken young people barely out of university to provide this analysis. Read more...

 
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