New Books Network

George R. Boyer, “The Winding Road to the Welfare State: Economic Insecurity and Social Welfare Policy in Britain” (Princeton UP, 2019)
The creation of the postwar welfare state in Great Britain did not represent the logical progression of governmental policy over a period of generations. As George R. Boyer details in The Winding Road to the Welfare State: Economic Insecurity and Social Welfare Policy in Britain (Princeton University Press, 2019), it... Read More
Daromir Rudnyckyj, “Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. In Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance (University of Chicago Press, 2019), anthropologist Daromir Rudnyckyj illustrates how the Malaysian state, led by the central bank, is seeking to make the country’s capital Kuala... Read More
Rodrigo Zeidan, “Economics of Global Business” (MIT Press, 2018)
I spoke with Professor Rodrigo Zeidan of New York University, Shanghai. He has just published Economics of Global Business (MIT Press, 2018), a great book with innovative real-world macroeconomic analyses of timely policy issues, with case studies and examples from more than fifty countries. The book is particularly suitable for use as an... Read More
David Dayen, “Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story” (Strong Arm Press, 2018)
How did a Wall Street executive and “foreclosure king” like Steve Mnuchin become the Treasury Secretary for a populist like Donald Trump, and what is he doing to the country now that he’s there? David Dayen and Rebecca Burns tackle those questions in their book Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin... Read More
Kathleen Day, “Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street” (Yale UP, 2019)
Think that today’s debates about the role of the Federal Reserve Bank, financial regulation, “too big to fail”, etc. are new?  Think again. Who should control banks, who should regulate banks, what should banks even do–these questions have been debated since the founding of the Republic.  Replace CNBC’s David Faber... Read More
Andrea Micocci and Flavia Di Mario, “The Fascist Nature of Neoliberalism” (Routledge, 2017)
Today I spoke with Flavia di Mario, a young scholar of political economy and industrial relations. She coauthored a very provocative book with Andrea Micocci, The Fascist Nature of Neoliberalism (Routledge, 2017). Flavia is doctoral student at London Middlesex University, Andrea Micocci was professor of Economics at Link University, Rome,... Read More
Hassan Malik, “Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution” (Princeton UP, 2018)
Lumbering late Tsarist Russia and international finance? Is there anything there?  The Bolsheviks and finance? How can there be anything there?   It turns out that the answer to both questions is yes.  In Dr. Hassan Malik‘s meticulously researched new book, Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution (Princeton University... Read More