Economics is a broad and diverse discipline, but most economics textbooks only cover one way of thinking about the economy. This book provides an accessible introduction to nine different approaches to economics: from feminist to ecological and Marxist to behavioural. Each chapter is written by a leading expert in the field described and is intended to stand on its own as well as providing an ambitious survey that seeks to highlight the true diversity of economic thought.
Students of economics around the world have begun to demand a more open economics education. This book represents a first step in creating the materials needed to introduce new and diverse ideas into the static world of undergraduate economics. This book will provide context for undergraduate students by placing the mainstream of economic thought side by side with more heterodox schools. This is in keeping with the Rethinking Economics campaign which argues that students are better served when they are presented with a spectrum of economic ideas rather than just the dominant paradigm.
Rethinking Economics: An Introduction to Pluralist Economics is a great entry-level economics textbook for lecturers looking to introduce students to the broader range of ideas explored within the economics profession. It is also appropriate and accessible for people outside of academia who are interested in economics and economic theory.
Liliann Fischer has an International Relations background, recently graduating from her first Master's degree in Global Conflict and Peace Processes at the University of Aberdeen and is now studying for a second degree in Political Psychology at the University of Kent, UK. Joe Hasell graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford. Following a recent Masters in Economics and Finance at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, he has just begun a PhD in Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds, UK. J.Christopher Proctor studied Economics, History and Politics at the University of Tulsa before doing the EPOG Master's program at Kingston University, London and Universite Paris 13. He is currently an Associate in Pluralist Economics for oikos International. David Uwakwe became involved with Rethinking Economics while studying Political Economy at Kingston University, London. Since graduating, he has been working as a freelance journalist and is currently living in his native Dublin. Zach Ward-Perkins is a former PPE student at the University of Manchester and a co-founder of the Post-Crash Economics society. Zach is one of the co-authors of The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts. Catriona Watson is a former PPE student, Head of Campaigns at Rethinking Economics and co-founder of the Post-Crash Economics society. She is now studying for a postgraduate degree in Economics at Leeds University, UK.
Foreward - Martin Wolf Introduction Post-Keynesian Economics - Engelbert Stockhammer Marxist Economics - Ben Fine & Alfredo Saad-Filho Austrian Economics - Xavier Mera & Guido Hulsmann Institutional Economics - Geoffrey M. Hodgson Feminist Economics - Susan Himmelweit Behavioural Economics - Stephen Young Complexity Economics - Alan Kirman Co-operative Economics - Molly Scott Cato Ecological Economics - Clive L. Spash & Viviana Asara Epilogue: What is Rethinking Economics and how can you get involved?