By Paul Bowles

'Capitalism' by Paul Bowles
Editions:Paperback: $ 42.95
ISBN: 9781408269220
Pages: 184
Hardcover: $ 185.00
ISBN: 9781138174092
Pages: 182

Capitalism stands unrivalled as the most enduring economic system of our times. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc the world has become a new stage for capital, and yet despite this dominance capitalism is still not widely understood. It remains a subject of enduring interest that is discovered and rediscovered over time by each successive generation of students.

Exploring the life of this world-shaping system and the writings of leading thinkers, this study also now takes into account recent developments, including the impact of the Global Financial Crisis and the complexities of China’s political economy. Paul Bowles addresses these key questions:

  • what are the central, unchanging features of capitalism?
  • how does capitalism vary from place to place and over time?
  • does capitalism improve our lives?
  • is capitalism a system which is ‘natural’ and ‘free’? Or is it unjust and unstable?
  • what about today’s global capitalism?
  • will capitalism destroy or liberate us?

This updated edition of a classic text is now supported by a comprehensive documents section, chronology and who’s who, as well as a new color plate section. It offers a concise, lucid and thought-provoking introduction for undergraduate students or anyone with an interest in this most pervasive, long lasting and adaptable yet crisis-ridden of economic systems.


Table of Contents of Capitalism

  1. Introduction.
  2. How To Think About Capitalism.
  3. Capitalism as a System: Natural and Free.
  4. Capitalism as a System: Unjust and Unstable.
  5. Empire and Crises 1870-1945.
  6. Post-1945 Capitalism:Variations Across Countries.
  7. Post-1945 Capitalism:Variations Over Time.
  8. Global Capitalism.

About Paul Bowles

Paul BowlesPaul Bowles is a Professor of Economics at the University of Northern British Columbia. His research interests are globalization and regionalization, development theory and practice, China's political economy
, financial institutions and the history of economic thought. He has published widely on both globalisation and East Asian development, and is author of National Currencies and Globalization: Endangered Species? (2007) and Globalization and Labour in China and India (2010).