Book/Article Reviews


The list of reviews below is the collection of reviews appeared in the various issues of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter. The Newsletter welcomes reviews of scholarly books and articles. Anyone interested in reviewing books for the Newsletter should contact Dr. Fadhel Kaboub at kaboubf@denison.edu to request a complementary copy of the book they wish to review. See the Guidelines for Book Reviews.


A Renegade History of the United States (2010)

  • By Thaddeus Russell, New York, NY: Free Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-4165-7106-3, 382 pages.
  • Reviewed for the Heterodox Economics Newsletter by Cameron M. Weber, New School for Social Research
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 150, August 5, 2013
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Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression (2010)

  • By Jack Rasmus, New York, NY: Pluto Press, 2010. 340 pages; ISBN 978-0-7453-2999-7.
  • Reviewed for the Heterodox Economics Newsletter by Yiqing Tang, Denison University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 150, August 5, 2013
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Interfaces On Trial 2.0 (2011)

  • By ¬†Jonathan Band and Masanobu Katoh, 2011, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; ISBN: 978-0-262-01500-4; 248 pages.
  • Reviewed for the Heterodox Economics Newsletter by Erik Dean, Portland Community College
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 150, August 5, 2013
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The Post-American World (2009)

  • By Fareed Zakaria, New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2009. 292 pages; ISBN: 978-0-393-33480-7.
  • Reviewed for the Heterodox Economics Newsletter by Rana Odeh, Wright State University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 150, August 5, 2013
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Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb (2010)

  • By Christopher Alexander, New York, NY: Routledge, 2010. 160 pages; ISBN: 978-0-415-48330-8.
  • Reviewed for the Heterodox Economics Newsletter by Umeshi Rajeendra, Denison University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 150, August 5, 2013
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The Economics of Social Responsibility: The world of social enterprises (2012)

  • Edited by Leonardo Becchetti and Carlo Borzaga. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-415-63234-8; 219 pages.
  • Reviewed¬†by Benjamin C. Wilson, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 143, Feb. 25, 2013
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Valuing the Unique: Economics of Singularities (2010)

  • By Lucien Karpik. Translated from the French by Nora Scott. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780691137100; 280 pages.
  • Reviewed by Cameron M. Weber, New School for Social Research
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 143, Feb. 25, 2013
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Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency To Economic Democracy (2011)

  • By Costas Panayotakis, London, U.K.: Pluto Press, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-7453-3099-0; 224 pages.
  • Reviewed by Adel Daoud (University of Gothenburg)
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 134, August 13, 2012
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Financial Instability and Economic Security after the Great Recession (2011)

  • Edited by Charles J. Whalen. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-85793-483-3; xiv, 219 pages.
  • Reviewed by Ric Holt, Southern Oregon University.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 133, July 16, 2012
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How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War (2011)

  • By Stephen Lendman, Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, 2011; 190 pages. ISBN: 978-0-9833539-4-2.
  • Reviewed by Bernard Chen, American University.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 133, July 16, 2012
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Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned? (2011)

  • By Steve Keen, New York, NY: Zed Books, 2nd edition, 2011. 554 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1848139923.
  • Reviewed by Tanweer Ali, Empire State College, State University of New York.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 122, November 7, 2011
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Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011)

  • By David Graeber. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House. 2011. 544 pp. ISBN: 9781933633862.
  • Reviewed by Ryan A. Dodd, Gettysburg College.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 122, November 7, 2011
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Instituciones, Desarrollo y Regiones: El Caso de Colombia (2011)

  • By Jairo Parada-Corrales, Ediciones UniNorte, Barranquilla, Atl ntico, Colombia, 2011.
  • Reviewed by William R. Baca-Mejia, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 122, November 7, 2011
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Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games (2011)

  • By Eric Walberg, Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, 2011. 283 pp; ISBN 978-0-9833539-3-5.
  • Reviewed by Sara Bencic, Denison University.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 122, November 7, 2011
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13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (2010)

  • By Simon Johnson and James Kwak, Pantheon Books, New York, 2010. ISBN 978-0-307-37905; 304 pages.
  • Reviewed by Avraham Izhar Baranes, Denison University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 118, August 15, 2011
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Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis (2011)

  • By Robin Hahnel, M.E. Sharpe, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-7656-2796-4, 258 pages.
  • Reviewed by Scott L.B. McConnell, University of Missouri Kansas City.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 118, August 15, 2011
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International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption (2007)

  • Edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman, Edward Elgar, 2007; ISBN: 978-1847207456; 656 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, SUNY New Paltz
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 118, August 15, 2011
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Corruption, Development and Institutional Design (2009)

  • Edited by J nos Kornai, L szl M ty s and G rard Roland, Palgrave MacMillan, 2009; ISBN: 978-0230546998; 296 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, SUNY New Paltz
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 118, August 15, 2011
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Debt, Innovations, and Deflation: The Theories of Veblen, Fisher, Schumpeter, and Minsky (2008)

  • By J. Patrick Raines and Charles G. Leathers, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2008.
  • Reviewed by Zachary Nixon, Denison University.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 104, September 6, 2010
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Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System (2009)

  • By Robert Pozen, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009; ISBN: 978-0-470-49905-4, 480 pages.
  • Reviewed by Bernard Chen, Denison University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 101, June 30, 2010
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The Keynes Solution: The Path to Global Prosperity (2009)

  • The Keynes Solution: The Path to Global Prosperity, by Paul Davidosn. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-230-61920-3, 208 pages.
  • Reviewed for Heterodox Economics Newsletter, by Justin Hess, Denison University.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 98, April 20, 2010
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Money and Households in a Capitalist Economy (2009)

  • Money and Households in a Capitalist Economy: A Gendered Post Keynesian-Institutional Analysis, by Zdravka Todorova. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2009, 165 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84720-953-5.
  • Reviewed by William Waller, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 98, April 20, 2010
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The Foundations of Non-Equilibrium Economics (2009)

  • The Foundations of Non-Equilibrium Economics, edited by Sebastian Berger. London, UK and New York, USA: Routledge, 2009, xiii + 199 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-77780-3.
  • Reviewed by Torsten Heinrich, University of Bremen.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 98, April 20, 2010
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Defining Poverty in the Developing World (2007)

  • Defining Poverty in the Developing World, edited by Frances Stewart, Ruhi Saith, and Barbara Harriss-White. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, ISBN 978-0-2305-1672-4; 256 pages.
  • Reviewed by Tara Natarajan, Saint. Michael s College.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 98, April 20, 2010
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Human Resource Economics and Public Policy (2010)

  • Human Resource Economics and Public Policy: Essays in Honor of Vernon M. Briggs, Jr. edited by Charles J. Whalen. Kalamazoo, Michigan: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2010; ix, 305 pages.
  • Reviewed by William M. Dugger, The University of Tulsa.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 98, April 20, 2010
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Money, Crises and Transition (2008)

  • Money, Crises and Transition, edited by Carmen M. Reinhart, Carlos A. V gh, and Andr s Velasco, MIT Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0262182669; 491 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, IC2 Institute, UT Austin.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 98, April 20, 2010
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Economia Institucional y Evolutiva Contemporanea (2007)

  • Economia Institucional y Evolutiva Contemporanea, by Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Mexico: Universidad Aut noma Metropolitana Cuajimalpa-Xochimilco, 2007, ISBN: 0-970-31-0753-2; 249 pages.
  • Reviewed by Jairo J. Parada, Universidad del Norte-Colombia
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 92, December 16, 2009
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China’s Three Decades of Economic Reforms (2010)

  • Edited by Xiaohui Liu and Wei Zhang, Routledge, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-415-49600-1; 301 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, St. Edward s University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 91, November 24, 2009
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A History of Heterodox Economics (2009)

  • A History of Heterodox Economics: Challenging the Mainstream in the Twentieth Century, by Frederic S. Lee, Routledge, 2009.
  • Reviewed by Michael J. Murray, Central College
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 89, October 9, 2009
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Animal Spirits (2009)

  • Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why it Matters for Global Capitalism. By George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Princeton University Press, 2009
  • Reviewed by Esmeralda Gassie, Graduate Centre of Business, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 89, October 9, 2009
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New Deal Banking Reforms (2007)

  • New Deal Banking Reforms and Keynesian Welfare Capitalism, by Ellen D. Russell, New York: Routledge, 2007. ix+148 pages. $95 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-415-95661-1.
  • Reviewed by David A. Zalewski, Providence College.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 89, October 9, 2009
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GENDER AND CHINESE DEVELOPMENT: TOWARDS AN EQUITABLE SOCIETY (2007)

  • By Lanyan Chen, Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-415-46723-0; 177 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, Trinity University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 86, August 12, 2009
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NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE STUDY OF WORK AND EMPLOYMENT (2008)

  • New Directions in the Study of Work and Employment: Revitalizing Industrial Relations as a Academic Enterprise, edited by Charles J. Whalen, Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008.
  • Reviewed by David Jacobs, Morgan State University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 86, August 12, 2009
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The Secret Life of Real Estate (2008)

  • The Secret Life of Real Estate, by Phillip J. Anderson. London: Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd. 2008
  • Review by Mason Gaffney
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 86, August 12, 2009
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The Life and Times of Ra l Prebisch, 1901-1986 (2008)

  • By Edgar J. Dosman, McGill-Queen s University Press, 2008.
  • Reviewed by Carlos Mallorquin
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 83, May 28, 2009
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Money Uncertainty and Time (2009)

  • By Giuseppe Fontana, Routledge, 2009. ISBN: 0415279607; 142 pages.
  • Reviewed by John F. Henry, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 81, April 23, 2009
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Future Directions for Heterodox Economics (2007)

  • Edited by John T. Harvey and Robert F. Garnett (2007), Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 322 pages, paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0-472-03247-1.
  • Reviewed by Wolfare Elsner, University of Bremen
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 78, March 3, 2009
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A Buddhist Economic Approach to the Development of Community Enterprises (2005)

  • Prayukvong, W. (2005) “A Buddhist Economic Approach to the Development of Community Enterprises: a case study from southern Thailand,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 29(6): 1171-1185.
  • Reviewed by Ulas Basar Gezgin, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 74
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John Maynard Keynes (2008)

  • Hyman P. Minsky. 2008. John Maynard Keynes, McGraw-Hill Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-07-159301-4; 176 pages.
  • Reviewed by Devin T. Rafferty, University of Missouri- Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 73
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Stabilizing an Unstable Economy (2008)

  • Hyman P. Minsky. 2008. Stabilizing an Unstable Economy. McGraw-Hill, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-07-159299-4; 395 pages.
  • Reviewed by Devin T. Rafferty, University of Missouri- Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 73
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The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (2005)

  • By Thomas E. Woods. 2005. The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005, ISBN: 0-7391-1036-5; 280 pages.
  • Reviewed by Emil Berendt, Siena Heights University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 73
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International Trade and Labor Standards: A Proposal for Linkage (2008)

  • By Christian Barry and Sanjay G. Reddy. 2008. International Trade and Labor Standards: A Proposal for Linkage. Columbia University Press, New York: 2008.
  • Reviewed by Michael Pollak
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 73
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Managing Network Resources: Alliances, Affiliations, and Other Relational Assets (2007)

  • By Ranjay Gulati. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-19-929935-5; 325 pages.
  • Reviewed by S bastien Plociniczak, Universit Paris XIII, France
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 68
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Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century (2007)

  • By Giovanni Arrighi.London: Verso, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-84467-104-5; 420 pages.
  • Reviewed by Yan Liang, University of Redlands
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 68
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Social Murder: and Other Shortcomings of Conservative Economics (2007)

  • By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson. Winnipeg, Canada: Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2007, ISBN 1-894037-31-6; 224 pages.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 68
  • Reviewed by Ryan A. Dodd, University of Missouri-Kansas City
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The Economics of the Great Depression: A Twenty-First Century Look Back at the Economics of the Interwar Era (2007)

  • By Randall E. Parker, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-84542-127-4; 257 pages
  • Reviewed by David A. Zalewski, Providence College
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 67
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The Creation and Destruction of Social Capital The Creation and Destruction of Social Capital: Entrepreneurship, Co-operative Movements and Institutions (2005)

  • By Gunnar L.H. Svendsen and Gert T. Svendsen, Edward Elgar, 2005. ISBN 1-84376-616-7; 224 pages.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 67
  • Reviewed by Quentin M.H. Duroy, Denison University
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The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should too (2008)

  • by James K. Galbraith. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Free Press, 2008. ISBN-13 978-1-4156-6683-0, ISBN-10 1-4156-6683-X c. xiv, 211 pages.
  • Reviewed by L. Randall Wray, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 66
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The Size of Nations (2003)

  • By Alberto Alesina and Enrico Spolaore, MIT Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0-262-01204-1; 266 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, Trinity University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 63
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Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration

  • Edited by James Boyce, Sunita Narain, and Elizabeth Stanton, Anthem Press, 2007. ISBN: 9781843312352; 439 pages.
  • Reviewed by Amit Basole, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 63
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Consumer Capitalism (2007)

  • By Anastasios S. Korkotsides, Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-415-37518-4; 256 pages.
  • Reviewed by Peter T. Manicas, University of Hawai i at Manoa
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 63
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The New Development Economics: After the Washington Consensus (2006)

  • Edited by Jomo K.S. and Ben Fine, Zed Books. 2006. ISBN 978-1-84277-643-8; 304 pages.
  • Reviewed by Quentin M.H. Duroy, Denison University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 63
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The Future of Europe (2006)

  • By Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi, MIT Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0-262-01232-4; 224 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, St. Edward s University
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 62
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Imagining Economics Otherwise: Encounters with Identity/Difference (2007)

  • By Nitasha Kaul, Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-415-38397-4; 304 pages.
  • Reviewed by Colin Richardson, Imperial College, London
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 62
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Governing Transformative Technological Innovation: Who is in Charge? (2007)

  • By Peter W.B. Phillips, Edward Elgar, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-84720-237-6; 320 pages.
  • Reviewed by Jack Boan, University of Regina
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 62
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The Years of High Econometrics: A Short History of the Generation that Reinvented Economics (2007)

  • By Francisco LOU (2007).London: Routledge, xxix, 370 p., ISBN10: 0-415-41974-3, 90.00 hardcover.
  • Reviewed by Angelo Reati, av. Emile de Beco 55 B 1050 Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 62
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Reintroducing Macroeconomics: A Critical Approach (2007)

  • By Steven Mark Cohen. Armonk, New York and London, England: M.E. Sharpe. 2007. Cloth, ISBN 978-0-7656-1450-6, $72.95. Paper, ISBN 978-0-7656-1451-3, $35.95. 396 pages.
  • Review by Ryan A. Dodd, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 62
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The Bias of the World: Theories of Unequal Exchange in History (2007)

  • By John Brolin. Sweden: Lund University, 2007. 383 pp.
  • Reviewed by Yan Liang University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of Redlands.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 48
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Money, Distribution and Economic Policy (2007)

  • Edited by Eckhard Hein and Achim Truger, Edward Elgar, 2007. ISBN: 978 1 84720 063; 272 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, St. Edwards University.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 54
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The Feminist Economics of Trade (2007)

  • Edited by Irene van Staveren, Diane Elson, Caren Grown, and Nil fer agatay, Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-415-43637-3; 328 pages. | website
  • Reviewed by Sara Hsu, St. Edwards University.
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 54
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Los Costes Sociales De La Empresa Privada (2006)

  • By K. William Kapp. Coleccion Clasicos del Pensamiento Critico, No. 14, edited by Federico Aguilera Klink. Madrid: Los Libros de la Catarata, 2006. ISBN: 84-8319-264-0; 137 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sebastian Berger, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 54
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The Wealth of Ideas: a history of economic thought (2005)

  • By Alessandro Roncaglia. Cambridge University Press. 2005. ISBN:9780521843379 | website
  • Reviewed by Hugh Goodacre
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 55
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Human Goods, Economics Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science (2007)

  • By Edward Hadas, ISI Books, 2007. ISBN: 193-38-592-6134-2; 400 pages.
  • Reviewed by Colin Richardson
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 56
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ABGEPEIST WIE WIR BEIM ESSEN BETROGEN WERDEN UND WAS DAGEGEN TUN K NNEN (2007)

  • By Thilo Bode. Frankfurt a.M.: S. Fischer Verlag, 2007. ISBN: 978-3-10-004307-8; 253 pages.
  • Reviewed by Sebastian Berger, University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Published in the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, Issue 56
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MAKROEKONOMICK ANAL ZA (MACROECONOMIC ANALYSIS) (2007)

  • By Jaroslav Hus r, Slovakia: EKON M, 2007. ISBN: 978-80-225-2366-0; 342 pages.
  • Reviewed by Karol Szomol nyi, Economic University of Bratislava
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