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Capitalism Reassessed - Frederic L. Pryor

Capitalism Reassessed

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Published: 16th August 2010
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Capitalism Reassessed provides a broad view of different types of advanced capitalist economic systems and is based on an empirical analysis of twenty-one OECD nations.

The book looks at why capitalism developed in Western Europe rather than elsewhere.

It shows the close influences of the cultural system on the economic system. The analysis compares the economic and social performance of the capitalist economic systems along a variety of economic and social criteria. It also analyses how capitalism will change in the twenty-first century.

Review of the hardback: 'This timely book delivers an intelligent yet accessible analysis of diverse contemporary capitalist economic systems. Which countries and systems are more productive, and where are people happiest? Is regulation the answer or the problem? Where is the world economy headed? Pryor gives careful and honest answers to these and many other questions.' Avner Ben-Ner, University of Minnesota Review of the hardback: 'Capitalism Reassessed is vintage Pryor: by asking broad, important questions about the nature of capitalism and placing his answers in the context of a broad sweep of history, Pryor treads where few academic economists are still willing to go. And in bolstering his answers with masses of carefully collected data, Fred Pryor makes sure the answers he gives are closely tied to the empirical record. Readers who pick up Capitalism Reassessed will be able to take advantage of Fred Pryor's erudition and get a very useful, quick tour of the system most of us inhabit.' Gerald Epstein, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Review of the hardback: 'Although the term capitalism sees frequent use, competent comparative studies on its diverse forms are surprisingly rare. Filling a void in the literature, this well-crafted book surveys the historical origins of capitalism, characterizes its essential features and their interconnections, identifies its main varieties, and suggests how these varieties are likely to evolve in response to unfolding demographic and environmental challenges. Easy to follow throughout, Capitalism Reassessed can be read profitably by a broad range of educated audiences.' Timur Kuran, Duke University Review of the hardback: 'Frederic Pryor has inspired and guided generations of students of economic systems, and this book is a significant addition to his illustrious academic career. Using an institutional comparative approach, he classifies 21 industrialized capitalist countries belonging to the OECD into four major types and then provides answers to key questions about capitalism and new insights on its nature, historical origins, diverse institutional organizations, cultural influences, economic performance, degree of happiness achieved, and future trends and directions. It is objective, devoid of ideological bias, supported by ample evidence, and clear and refreshing.' Carmelo Mesa-Lago, University of Pittsburgh Review of the hardback: 'Between the class conflict of Karl Marx and the methodological individualism of Douglas North lies a gaping hole of knowledge on the origins, performance, drivers, and varieties of capitalism. Pryor's Capitalism Reassessed is a bold, empirically grounded, readable, and smart effort to fill that void. The book will be of interest across the social sciences.' William Milberg, New School for Social Research

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
What Is Capitalism?p. 6
Origins of Capitalismp. 20
Varieties of Capitalism in Industrialized Nationsp. 74
Cultural Influences on the Economic Systemp. 112
Do Some Economic Systems Perform Better Than Others?p. 146
Happiness and Economic Systemsp. 184
How Capitalism Will Changep. 205
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780521190206
ISBN-10: 0521190207
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 16th August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1