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  1. Week 1: Political & Cultural Economy - An Introduction 7 items
    1. The great transformation: the political and economic origins of our time - Karl Polanyi, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Fred Block 2001

      Book Essential Chapter 6 The self-regulating market and fictitious commodities

    2. Savage economics: wealth, poverty and the temporal walls of capitalism - David L. Blaney, Naeem Inayatullah c2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Further reading

    3. Cultural economy: cultural analysis and commercial life - Paul Du Gay, Michael Pryke 2002 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended Cutural Economy: An Introduction

    4. Cultural political economy - Jacqueline Best, Matthew Paterson 2010

      Book Further reading

    5. The Blackwell cultural economy reader - Ash Amin, N. J. Thrift 2004

      Book Further reading

    6. The end of capitalism (as we knew it): a feminist critique of political economy - J. K. Gibson-Graham 2006

      Book Further reading

  2. Week 2: Populism 6 items
    1. Populism: a very short introduction - Cas Mudde, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser 2017

      Book  Please read Chapter 1, 'What is populism?'

    2. The politics of resentment: rural consciousness in Wisconsin and the rise of Scott Walker - Katherine J. Cramer 2016

      Book Recommended

    3. The politics of resentment: a genealogy - Jeremy Engels 2015

      Book 

    4. What is populism? - Jan-Werner Müller 2016

      Book 

  3. Week 3: Who are the elites and how can we study them? 11 items
    1. The Sociology of Elites - Shamus Rahman Khan 11/08/2012

      Article Recommended A useful overview of elite theory and research

    2. The visible hand: the managerial revolution in American business - Alfred D. Chandler, American Council of Learned Societies 1977 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended This book has a short introduction, which is worth reading.

    3. Observing government elites: up close and personal - R. A. W. Rhodes, Paul 't Hart, Mirko Noordegraaf 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Further reading

    4. The state in capitalist society - Ralph Miliband 1973

      Book Further reading

    5. Capitalism, socialism and democracy - Joseph A. Schumpeter 1954

      Book Recommended This is a classic work of political economy. It's relevance to elites lies in his discussion of democracy, and his theory of 'competitive leadership' as a more plausible notion than that of democracy. This is discussed in Chapters 21-23

    6. The system of professions: an essay on the division of expert labor - Andrew Delano Abbott 1988

      Book Recommended This book is a classic text. The Introduction will lay out the basic argument for you.

    7. A Critique of the Ruling Elite Model - Robert A. Dahl 1958

      Article Recommended This is a famous critique of the idea of elites.

    8. Remembering elites - Michael Savage, Karel Williams 2008

      Book Recommended

    9. Who governs?: democracy and power in an American city - Robert A. Dahl c2005

      Book Recommended This is an important work in which Dahl lays out his 'pluralist' defence of elites, as holding each other in check.

  4. Week 4: Policy Experts 9 items
    1. Democracy and expertise: reorienting policy inquiry - Frank Fischer c2009

      Book Further reading

    2. Rule of experts: Egypt, techno-politics, modernity - Timothy Mitchell c2002

      Book Further reading

    3. The audit society: rituals of verification - Michael Power 1999

      Book Further reading

    4. From Max Weber: essays in sociology - Max Weber, Hans Heinrich Gerth, C. Wright Mills 1991

      Book Recommended The chapter on Bureaucracy is an important part of Weber's analysis of power

  5. Week 5: Inequality and the '1%' 12 items
    1. The Top 1 Percent in International and Historical Perspective - Facundo Alvaredo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez 2013

      Article Essential

    2. Capital in the twenty-first century - Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer 2014

      Book Further reading

    3. The rich, the affluent and the top incomes - M. Medeiros, P. H. F. de Souza 09/10/2014

      Article 

    4. Inequality and the 1% - Daniel Dorling 2014

      Book 

    5. Inequality: what can be done? - A. B. Atkinson 2015

      Book Recommended

    6. The equality effect: improving life for everyone - Daniel Dorling, Ella Furness, Owen Jones 2017

      Book 

    7. Maximizing shareholder value: a new ideology for corporate governance - William Lazonick, Mary O'Sullivan 01/2000

      Article  this is an excellent article about one of the main drivers of high pay inflation, namely the idea of 'shareholder value' as the main objective of executives.

  6. Week 6: The Origins of Neoliberalism 8 items
    1. The road from Mont Pelerin: the making of the neoliberal thought collective - Philip Mirowski, Dieter Plehwe 2009

      Book Recommended This is a very good collection of articles on different national contexts of neoliberal thought, post-World War Two. Strongly recommended. The Postface on Neoliberalism by Philip Mirowski provides an excellent overview of what defines neoliberalism generally.

    2. Hayek: the iron cage of liberty - Andrew Gamble 1996

      Book 

    3. The birth of biopolitics: lectures at the College de France, 1978-1979 - Michel Foucault, Michel Senellart, Graham Burchell, College de France 2010

      Book 

    4. Constructions of neoliberal reason - Jamie Peck c2010

      Book 

    5. The new way of the world: on neoliberal society - Pierre Dardot, Christian Laval, Gregory Elliott 2013

      Book 

  7. Week 7: The neoliberal state 7 items
    1. The Limits of neoliberalism: authority, sovereignty and the logic of competition - William Davies 2014

      Book Further reading Available in both print and e-book versions in the library. Chapter 1: The Disenchantment of Politics Neoliberalism, sovereignty and economics

    2. The future of the capitalist state - Bob Jessop 2003

      Book Further reading

    3. The shock doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism - Naomi Klein 2007

      Book 

    4. Undoing the demos: neoliberalism's stealth revolution - Wendy Brown 2015

      Book Recommended

  8. Week 8: Economic 'Imperialism' 6 items
    1. Introduction

      Chapter Essential

    2. The Triumph of Economics: or 'rationality' can be dangerous to your reasoning - Ben Fine

      Chapter Essential

    3. From economics imperialism to freakonomics: the shifting boundaries between economics and other social sciences - Ben Fine, Dimitris Milonakis 2009

      Book Further reading

    4. Powers of freedom: reframing political thought - Nikolas Rose 1999

      Book Further reading

  9. Week 9: The Political Economy of Neoliberalism 8 items
    1. The strange non-death of neoliberalism - Colin Crouch 2011

      Book Further reading

    2. Capitalism unleashed: finance, globalization, and welfare - Andrew Glyn 2006

      Book Further reading

    3. Buying time: the delayed crisis of democratic capitalism - Wolfgang Streeck, Patrick Camiller 2014

      Book Further reading

    4. The end of the experiment?: From competition to the foundational economy - Andrew Bowman 2014

      Book Further reading

    5. Capitalizing on crisis: the political origins of the rise of finance - Greta R. Krippner 2011

      Book Recommended

  10. Week 10: The Crisis of Political Elites 8 items
    1. Misrule of experts? The financial crisis as elite debacle - Ewald Engelen, Ismail Ertürk, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal 08/2012

      Article Recommended

    2. Economists and the powerful: convenient theories, distorted facts, ample rewards - Norbert Haring, Niall Douglas c2012

      Book Further reading

    3. The fracturing of the American corporate elite - Mark S. Mizruchi 2013

      Book Further reading

    4. Captive state: the corporate takeover of Britain - George Monbiot 2001

      Book Further reading

    5. The return of the public - Dan Hind 2010

      Book  This is a very readable critique of recent trends in political power in the UK, and how they can be challenged democratically.

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  12. Week 11: An Introduction to ecological crisis 6 items
    This week begins a new empirical topic of analysis: the global ecology and the market economy. The reading offers a comprehensive overview of the key topics. In seminar we explore the academic and policy dynamics of this debate.
    1. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate - Naomi Klein 2015

      Book Recommended Chapter 1

    2. The great transformation: the political and economic origins of our time - Karl Polanyi, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Fred Block 2001

      Book Recommended Chapter 11

    3. Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction - Ha-Joon Chang 1 May 2014

      Book Recommended Chapter 7

    4. Nature for sale: the commons versus commodities - Giovanna Ricoveri, Vandana Shiva 2013

      Book Recommended pages 5-28

  13. Week 12: Globalisation, Economy and the Environment 5 items
    This week we explore in more depth the ecological limits to market society in global and national context
    1. Paths to a green world: the political economy of the global environment - Jennifer Clapp, Peter Dauvergne 2011

      Book Essential Chapters 2 and 3

    2. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate - Naomi Klein 2015

      Book Essential Chapter 2

    3. The great transformation: the political and economic origins of our time - Karl Polanyi, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Fred Block 2001

      Book  Chapter 14

    4. Nature for sale: the commons versus commodities - Giovanna Ricoveri, Vandana Shiva 2013

      Chapter  Chapter 1

  14. Week 13: People, Poverty and Ecology 5 items
    1. The great transformation: the political and economic origins of our time - Karl Polanyi, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Fred Block 2001

      Book Recommended Chapter 15

    2. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate - Naomi Klein 2015

      Book Recommended Chapter 3

    3. Nature for sale: the commons versus commodities - Giovanna Ricoveri, Vandana Shiva 2013

      Chapter Recommended Chapter 3

  15. Week 14: Global Trade and Environmental Change 12 items
    1. Nature for sale: the commons versus commodities - Giovanna Ricoveri, Vandana Shiva 2013

      Chapter Recommended Chapter 2

    2. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate - Naomi Klein 2015

      Book Recommended Chapter 6 or chapter 8

    3. The great transformation: the political and economic origins of our time - Karl Polanyi, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Fred Block 2001

      Book Recommended Chapter 16

    4. Global political ecology - Richard Peet, Paul Robbins, Michael Watts c2011

      Book Further reading

    5. Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issues and Local Experience - Dianne Rocheleau, Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Esther Wangari 2013

      Book Further reading

    6. Principles of political ecology - Adrian Atkinson 1991

      Book Further reading

    7. Ecofeminism: women, culture, nature - Karen Warren, Nisvan Erkal c1997

      Book Further reading

  16. Week 15: Is a Green Future Possible? 3 items
    1. Paths to a Green World - Jennifer ClappPeter Dauvergne

      Chapter Essential Chapter 8

    2. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate - Naomi Klein 2015

      Book Recommended

    3. Nature for sale: the commons versus commodities - Giovanna Ricoveri, Vandana Shiva 2013

      Chapter Recommended Afterword

  17. Week 16: The Politics of Finance 7 items
    1. The heretic's guide to global finance: hacking the future of money - Brett Scott 2013

      Book Recommended

    2. Money is politics - Jonathan Kirshner 11/2003

      Article Further reading

    3. The long twentieth century: money, power, and the origins of our times - Giovanni Arrighi 1994

      Book Further reading Section 2 'The Rise of Capital'

    4. The gods that failed: how the financial elite have gambled away our futures - Larry Elliott, Dan Atkinson 2009

      Book Further reading Introduction and Chapter 1

  18. Week 17: Finance as Money 7 items
    1. The heretic's guide to global finance: hacking the future of money - Brett Scott 2013

      Book Further reading

    2. Globalizing capital: a history of the international monetary system - Barry J. Eichengreen c2008

      Book Essential Chapter 4 Bretton Woods System

    3. International Financial Architecture: A View from the Kitchen - Diane Elson 2002

      Document Further reading PDF attached

    4. The Euro: the battle for the new global currency - David Marsh 2011

      Book Further reading Chapter 7 & 8

    5. newconsensus.pdf - Peter Chowla

      Document Further reading

  19. Week 18: Finance as Banking 7 items
    1. Economics: the user's guide - Ha-Joon Chang 2014

      Book Essential Chapter 2 ‘From pin to PIN’ (p. 29-45)

    2. Subprime nation: American power, global capital, and the housing bubble - Herman M. Schwartz 2009

      Book  Chapter 1: Our Borrowing Your Problem

    3. The new masters of capital: American bond rating agencies and the politics of creditworthiness - Timothy J. Sinclair 2005

      Book Further reading Chapter 1

  20. Week 19: Finance as Equity 6 items
    1. Shareholder value and corporate governance: some tricky questions - Michel Aglietta 01/2000

      Article Further reading Economy and Society

    2. Just money: how society can break the despotic power of finance - Ann Pettifor 2014

      Book Further reading

  21. Week 20: What is a Financial Crisis? 4 items
    1. Manias, panics, and crashes: a history of financial crises - Charles Poor Kindleberger, Robert Z. Aliber 2011

      Book Essential Chapter 1 and 2

    2. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report January 2011

      Document Further reading Chapter 1: Right Before Our Eyes.

    3. Crisis in the Eurozone - Costas Lapavitsas, Eustache Kouvelakis 2012

      Book Further reading Chapter 1