Alternative Ideas from 10 (Almost) Forgotten Economists

Palgrave Mcmillan

How should we address today’s big problems, and what we can take from icons of economics past?

How would John Maynard Keynes have resolved today’s debt problem, or how would Adam Smith have assessed the European carbon emission trading market?

In her new book, Professor Irene van Staveren, professor of pluralist development economics at the International Institute of Social Studies, applies the ideas of ten renowned economists (Marx, Minsky, Keynes, Knight, Bergmann, Veblen, Sen, Myrdal, Smith, Robinson) to real world economic problems, directly or indirectly related to the causes and consequences of the 2008 financial crisis.

Each chapter presents an economist, and structures the ‘problem’, the ‘insight’ (the economist’s idea), the ‘economist’ (short bio), and two ‘practices’ offering real-world alternatives.

Aimed at economists and non-economists alike, the book presents a lively and original approach, discussing key elements of an economics for a postcapitalist economy and connecting policy insights to real-world problems of today.

Already available an as ebook, the print version will be published on 13 March 2021 - Alternative Ideas from 10 (Almost) Forgotten Economists