New Books Network

Andrew Leigh, “Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World” (Yale UP, 2018)
From the unending quest to turn metal into gold to the major discoveries that reveal how the universe works, experiments have always been a critical part of the hard sciences. In recent decades social scientists have started to catch up and the results are shifting the way we do nearly... Read More
Amr Khafagy, “The Economics of Financial Cooperatives” (Routledge, 2019)
Today I spoke with Dr. Amr Khafagy about his recent book The Economics of Financial Cooperatives (Routledge, 2019). Amr is Research Assistant at the Countryside and Community Research Institute of the University of Gloucestershire. Building on theories of finance and distribution, and the political economy of finance, this book explains... Read More
Megan T. Neely and Ken-Hou Lin, “Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely’s new book Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance (Oxford University Press, 2020) explores the rise of finance in American life over the last forty years and its implications for American workers, families, and economies. The authors argue that finance has transformed from a servant to... Read More
Richard Pomfret, “The Central Asian Economies in the Twenty-First Century” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Richard Pomfret’s The Central Asian Economies in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2019) looks at the economies of the five former Soviet Republics of Kazkahstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, considering the different trajectories of each of the countries. The book provides an overview of the experience of these... Read More
Peter J. Boettke, “F. A. Hayek: Economics, Political Economy and Social Philosophy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
Today I spoke with professor Peter J. Boettke the author of a great new book on Friedrich August von Hayek. Dr. Boettke is University Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, at George Mason University, USA. F.... Read More
Jodie Adams Kirshner, “Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promise” (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)
In her new book Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promise (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), Jodie Adams Kirshner tells the story of the people of Detroit before, during, and after its bankruptcy, offering lessons about urban governance, post-industrial economics, development, and the usefulness of bankruptcy itself as... Read More
R. Scott Huffard, Jr., “Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South” (UNC Press, 2019)
R. Scott Huffard Jr. is the author of Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2019. Engines of Redemption is a fascinating history of capitalism in the South, which tells the story of how railroads... Read More
Christopher Frank, “Workers, Unions and Payments in Kind: The Fight for Real Wages in Britain, 1820-1914” (Routledge, 2019)
The passage of the 1831 Truck Act was intended to end throughout the United Kingdom the practice of paying employees in truck, or goods, rather than in money. As Christopher Frank reveals in Workers, Unions and Payments in Kind: The Fight for Real Wages in Britain, 1820-1914 (Routledge, 2019), though,... Read More
William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, “Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture” (Fordham UP, 2020)
The neoliberal consensus, once thought to be undefeatable, seems to have been broken both in the wake of the fiscal crisis of 2008, as well as a series of surprise movements and elections throughout the world in the last several years. But many scholars argue that it remains alive and... Read More