Radical Political Economy
Critique and Reformulation
By (author) Andrew Sayer
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Radical Political Economy by Andrew Sayer
Book DescriptionWith the rise of the New Right, the demise of state socialism, and the development of concerns over the nature of modernity, the reception of Marxist and radical theories of capitalist society has become, to say the least, skeptical. In this book Andrew Sayer rethinks and reformulates radical political economy.The author argues that Marxist theories of capitalism must learn both from the problems of socialism and, more controversially, from liberalism. In a major critique of Marxist and post-Marxist political economy he argues that one of its central problems may be traced to its treatment of the apparently innocuous concept of division of labor. This has led, he shows, to a confusion of the effects of markets and property relations. In consequence explanations of uneven development and of the distribution of power in advanced economies are flawed.The author illustrates the argument by reference to the study of uneven spatial development. He concludes by outlining the constructive potential for a dialoge between radical political economy and liberal thought, and between critical social science and normative political philosophy. Written in the author's characteristically direct and accessible style, this book will be widely read by students of contemporary capitalism and political economy in many disciplines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631193753
(228mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Andrew Sayer
Andrew Sayer is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. His previous books include Method in Social Science: A Realist Approach (1st edition, 1984, 2nd edition 1992) and with Richard Walker The New Social Economy (Blackwell, 1992).
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