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Economics as a Social Science - New edition
By George Argyrous, Frank Stilwell
ideas are influential in restructuring society, for better or worse. An
understanding of economics is important in the pursuit of progressive
social change, even more than in the pursuit of personal enrichment.
as a Social Science challenges the conventional wisdom of neoclassical
economic theory found in most standard textbooks. It examines
alternative analytical frameworks and draws on the insights provided by
contemporary feminist and environmental movements. Since the release of
the first edition in 1996, this book has become a key text. This new
edition provides up-to-date analysis of economic issues, grounded in
the current social and political context.
explore:· Contemporary challenges: globalisation, inequality,
economy-environment interactions and the 'new economy'· Economy and
society: market, state, class, gender, ethnicity, social capital,
ideology· Competing economic analyses: classical, neoclassical,
Marxian, institutional, Keynesian and post Keynesian· Modern
challenges: green economics, feminist economics, rethinking economic
development· The state and economic policies: what can governments do?
as a Social Science is a comprehensive collection of classical and
contemporary readings in the field, written by leading local and
Some chapters have been written for
the book by prominent economists. Others are condensed versions of
longer chapters and articles, abridged in order to highlight the key
issues. All have been selected with a view to making the issues
accessible to non-specialists who might otherwise shy away from the
study of technical economic issues.
Frank Stilwell is Professor
of Political Economy in the School of Economics and Political Science
at the University of Sydney. He is author of Changing Track: A New
Political Economic Direction for Australia (2000) and contributor to
other Pluto Press books such as Serving the City (1999) and Stopping
the Juggernaut (1999).
George Argyrous is senior lecturer in
the School of Social Science and Policy at the University of NSW,
Sydney. His research interests include the changing role of the state
in the economy, the relationship between technological change and
social change, and the relationship between the labour market and the