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Dr Ha-Joon Chang is Assistant Director of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge
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23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (2011) 1,216 exemplar, 39 recensioner
Economics: The User's Guide (2014) 614 exemplar, 14 recensioner
Economie om van te smullen (2023) 3 exemplar


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This has been, so far, my least favourite book from a Marx Memorial Library reading list. It may be that Mr Chang believes capitalism to be an on going system, seemingly never to end, whilst I have positioned myself with those who believe it to be nearing its demise. It may be that, writing in 2010, Mr Chang seems to have genuinely believed that the financial crash of 2008 would see major adjustments to the Neoliberal system whereas, we know that short term brakes put on the 'free economy' were dismantled at the first possible opportunity. Whatever the cause, this plea for a 'play nice' capitalism looks more pie in the sky than to ask for a revolution tomorrow (What are you doing around 6pm tomorrow?).

Having poured so much cold water upon this book, I did find many interesting dissections of free market economics and indeed, the whole of economics.

This book is not a hard read - I managed it within three days - so, I would recommend it but, with reservations.
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the.ken.petersen | 38 andra recensioner | Jul 14, 2024 |
Good overview of what we really mean when we discuss capitalist markets. The book is formulaic in its structure and because of this cannot go in very deep in many cases.
yates9 | 38 andra recensioner | Feb 28, 2024 |
In Economics: The User's Guide, Ha-Joon Chang wants us to know enough background to be able to understand economic news, what it means, and when it might be trying to fool us. So he provides nearly 400 pages of history, theory and real world numbers. Some of the numbers might be out of date by now, but Chang gives advice on where to find newer information. I say information, because there is more to econ than numbers.

After a short prologue explaining why we should be interested, there is a half page guide to reading the book, depending on whether we want to spend ten minutes, maybe two hours, half a day, or are willing to go through the whole thing.

That's the kind of author Chang is, wanting to tell us what he knows and believes, but aware that we won't all be willing to follow through completely. What he does, works for me. I've tried to read about economics before, but have always bogged down and lost interest. This time it was different. I learned how econ is much more than markets and businesses, more than capitalism. Chang gives a quick history of how we, the whole world, developed the field of economics and how different countries got the kind of changing economies they have now, and how much of economics is really politics.

He writes about nine different "schools" of economics, explaining their points of view, how they grew, what they can explain well, and how they all have failings but also strengths. Maybe the best part of the book is a four page table in chapter four summarizing each school.

Of course, I can't remember it all, but the structure of the book makes sense, and the index is helpful. A kindle edition, which I also own, is searchable and in some ways even more useful. This is a keeper, a good reference book.
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mykl-s | 13 andra recensioner | Jan 13, 2024 |
I did not read this book page-by-page, but per the author's suggestion for ten minutes and two hours (chapter titles, first page of each chapter, Chapters 1 and 2 in their entirety, Epilogue). I also stopped at random sections that caught my eye. That said, the language of this book is very approachable and friendly without being patronizing, and humorous without cheap jokes. It's a good overview of economic principles, theorists, and history, as well as summaries of existing modern systems. I came away feeling better acquainted with economic concepts. Further Reading suggestions at the end of each chapter.… (mer)
mimo | 13 andra recensioner | Dec 18, 2023 |



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