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KasiNomic Revolution - The Rise Of African Informal Economies (Paperback): G.G. Alcock KasiNomic Revolution - The Rise Of African Informal Economies (Paperback)
G.G. Alcock
R240 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R24 (10%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A revolution is taking place in the great marketplaces of the informal sector and it contains an unquantified scale and power as an economic engine and a way of life for the majority of our low income populations. The KasiNomic Revolution may still be a murmur in the streets, a grassroots economic groundswell, but it is the future of African economic activity.

Kasi is the South African term for the township – a teeming conurbation of homes and businesses, entertainment venues and social meeting places. GG Alcock uses the term KasiNomics to describe the informal sectors of Africa, whether they are in the township, a rural marketplace, at a taxi rank or on a pavement in the shadow of skyscrapers. Brought up in a rural Zulu community, GG has learnt and shares the lessons of African culture, language, stick fighting, lifestyle and tribal politics, along with shared poverty and community, which have prepared him for accessing the great informal marketplaces of Africa. He is uniquely placed to uncover the extraordinary stories of kasi businesses which not only survive but excel, revealing a revolutionary entrepreneurship which is mostly invisible to the formal sector.

KasiNomic Revolution is a story of kasi entrepreneurs on one side and, on the other, of great corporate successes and failures in the informal community. KasiNomic Revolution is at once a business book, and at the same time a deeply human book about the people and lives of rural and urban informal societies.

KasiNomic Revolution is about the lessons of marketing, distribution, culture and modernity in an informal African world.

The Asian Aspiration - Why And How Africa Should Emulate Asia (Paperback): Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo, Hailemariam Desalegn,... The Asian Aspiration - Why And How Africa Should Emulate Asia (Paperback)
Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo, Hailemariam Desalegn, Emily van der Merwe
R320 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In 1960, the GDP per capita in South East Asian countries was nearly half of that of Africa. By 1986, the gap had closed and today the trend is reversed, with more than half of the world’s poorest now living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Why has Asia developed while Africa lagged? The Asian Aspiration chronicles the untold stories of explosive growth and changing fortunes: the leaders, events and policy choices that lifted a billion people out of abject poverty within a single generation, the largest such shift in human history.

The relevance of Asia’s example comes as Africa is facing a population boom, which can either lead to crisis or prosperity; and as Asia is again transforming, this time out of low-cost manufacturing into high-tech, leaving a void that is Africa’s for the taking. But far from the determinism of ‘Africa Rising’, this book calls for unprecedented pragmatism in the pursuit of African success.

Africa's Business Revolution - How to Succeed in the World's Next Big Growth Market (Hardcover): Acha Leke, Mutsa... Africa's Business Revolution - How to Succeed in the World's Next Big Growth Market (Hardcover)
Acha Leke, Mutsa Chironga, George Desvaux
R691 R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Save R58 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Definitive Guide to Doing Business in Africa

For global and Africa-based companies looking to access new growth markets, Africa offers exciting opportunities to build large, profitable businesses. Its population is young, fast-growing, and increasingly urbanized--while rapid technology adoption makes the continent a fertile arena for innovation. But Africa's business environment remains poorly understood; it's known to many executives in the West only by its reputation for complexity, conflict, and corruption.

Africa's Business Revolution provides the inside story on business in Africa and its future growth prospects and helps executives understand and seize the opportunities for building profitable, sustainable enterprises. From senior leaders in McKinsey's African offices and a leading executive on the continent, this book draws on in-depth proprietary research by the McKinsey Global Institute as well as McKinsey's extensive experience advising corporate and government leaders across Africa. Brimming with company case studies and exclusive interviews with some of Africa's most prominent executives, this book comes to life with the vibrant stories of those who have navigated the many twists and turns on the road to building successful businesses on the continent.

Combining an unrivalled fact base with expert advice on shaping and executing an Africa growth strategy, this book is required reading for global business executives looking to expand their existing operations in Africa--and for those seeking a road map to access this vast, untapped market for the first time.

Kasinomics - African Informal Economies And The People Who Inhabit Them (Paperback): G.G. Alcock Kasinomics - African Informal Economies And The People Who Inhabit Them (Paperback)
G.G. Alcock
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Did you know …

  • That the muti market is worth R3 billion a year, with 27 million consumers?
  • That the average hawker earns R3000 a month and there are nearly 500 000 of them!?
  • That the trade in goats is worth millions of rand?
  • That the dagga trade can set the standard for market and distribution to the informal market?
  • That Parmalat Cheese Slices have created a multi-million rand business in kotas, and why the Perfect Sishebo Show is the biggest food show in the country?

Do consumers modernise or westernise? What are the eight cultural megatrends of the South African kasi sector? One of them is modernising, another is spirituality, but how and why?

Feast on Mogodu Mondays and Shwam-shwams, visit sacrifice ceremonies and stokvels, meet sangomas and urban trendsetters. You will never look at the low income informal sector people and businesses in the same way again. With stories and anecdotes, from kayaking down the Tugela, Zulu dancing in the pyramids to hijacking a Kulula flight, GG’s true life stories and how they link to understanding and inspiration for marketing ideas will make you gasp, laugh and shake your head in wonder.

A book as eclectic, mysterious and colourful as the marketplace it is written about.

Opening The South African Economy - Barriers To Entry & Competition (Paperback): Thando Vilakazi, Sumayya Goga, Simon Roberts Opening The South African Economy - Barriers To Entry & Competition (Paperback)
Thando Vilakazi, Sumayya Goga, Simon Roberts
R250 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R65 (26%) In stock

What does it take for entrepreneurs to be effective competitors? What are the factors affecting entry and participation in sectors where there are historically strong incumbent firms? Opening the South African Economy brings to light the challenges of concentration, inequality and exclusion in different sectors of the South African economy.

The book begins with an assessment of the current state of the economy. Detailed case studies then recount the experiences – good and bad – of well-known South African entrant firms in sectors that are critical for facilitating economic growth, including retail, food, fuel, telecommunications, airlines and banking. Important cross-cutting chapters reflect on the role that government policies can play in achieving a more open, inclusive and competitive economy and the use (and misuse) of policy tools such as competition law, black economic empowerment and state procurement. It concludes with a set of concrete recommendations for opening up the South African economy, improved coordination among state institutions and inclusive industrial development.

Accessible and practical, Opening the South African Economy will appeal to a broad readership of business people, policy-makers, students and academics.

The Third Pillar - The Revival of Community in a Polarised World (Hardcover): Raghuram Rajan The Third Pillar - The Revival of Community in a Polarised World (Hardcover)
Raghuram Rajan 1
R580 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R163 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 From one of the most important economic thinkers of our time, a brilliant and far-seeing analysis of the current populist backlash against globalization and how revitalising community can save liberal market democracy. Raghuram Rajan, author of the 2010 FT & Goldman-Sachs Book of the Year Fault Lines, has an unparalleled vantage point onto the social and economic consequences of globalization and their ultimate effect on politics and society. In The Third Pillar he offers up a magnificent big-picture framework for understanding how three key forces - the economy, society, and the state - interact, why things begin to break down, and how we can find our way back to a more secure and stable plane. The `third pillar' of the title is society. Economists all too often understand their field as the relationship between the market and government, and leave social issues for other people. That's not just myopic, Rajan argues; it's dangerous. All economics is actually socioeconomics - all markets are embedded in a web of human relations, values and norms. As he shows, throughout history, technological innovations have ripped the market out of old webs and led to violent backlashes, and to what we now call populism. Eventually, a new equilibrium is reached, but it can be ugly and messy, especially if done wrong. Right now, we're doing it wrong. As markets scale up, government scales up with it, concentrating economic and political power in flourishing central hubs and leaving the periphery to decompose, figuratively and even literally. Instead, Rajan offers a way to rethink the relationship between the market and civil society and argues for a return to strengthening and empowering local communities as an antidote to growing despair and unrest. The Third Pillar is a masterpiece of explication, a book that will be a classic of its kind for its offering of a wise, authoritative and humane explanation of the forces that have wrought such a sea change in our lives. His ultimate argument that decision-making has to be watered at the grass roots or our democracy will continue to wither is sure to be both provocative and agenda-setting across the world.

Africa's Business Revolution - How To Succeed In The World's Next Big Growth Market (Paperback): Acha Leke, Mutsa... Africa's Business Revolution - How To Succeed In The World's Next Big Growth Market (Paperback)
Acha Leke, Mutsa Chironga, Georges Desvaux
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The definitive guide to doing business in Africa.

For global and Africa-based companies looking to access new growth markets, Africa offers exciting opportunities to build large, profitable businesses. Its population is young, fast-growing, and increasingly urbanized--while rapid technology adoption makes the continent a fertile arena for innovation. But Africa's business environment remains poorly understood; it's known to many executives in the West only by its reputation for complexity, conflict, and corruption.

Africa's Business Revolution provides the inside story on business in Africa and its future growth prospects and helps executives understand and seize the opportunities for building profitable, sustainable enterprises. From senior leaders in McKinsey's African offices and a leading executive on the continent, this book draws on in-depth proprietary research by the McKinsey Global Institute as well as McKinsey's extensive experience advising corporate and government leaders across Africa. Brimming with company case studies and exclusive interviews with some of Africa's most prominent executives, this book comes to life with the vibrant stories of those who have navigated the many twists and turns on the road to building successful businesses on the continent.

Combining an unrivalled fact base with expert advice on shaping and executing an Africa growth strategy, this book is required reading for global business executives looking to expand their existing operations in Africa--and for those seeking a road map to access this vast, untapped market for the first time.

Microeconomics - A Southern African Perspective (Paperback, 2nd Edition: Revised Reprint): Matthew Kofi Ocran, Mariana Moses Microeconomics - A Southern African Perspective (Paperback, 2nd Edition: Revised Reprint)
Matthew Kofi Ocran, Mariana Moses
R270 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R32 (12%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Have you ever wondered how prices are determined, or why you bought a specific quantity of something? The answers to these and other questions, as well as the theories guiding decisions by consumers and producers, are explained in Microeconomics— a southern African perspective.

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to microeconomics theory, offering traditional theories of consumer and producer behaviour set against a contemporary southern African background.

This second edition of Microeconomics – a southern African perspective provides a comprehensive and current introduction to microeconomic theory for the southern African context, while retaining the original ethos from the first edition. It addresses traditional theories of consumer and producer behaviour as prescribed in most introductory microeconomic modules and answers questions around how consumers and producers interact in the market, looking specifically at the choices made by producers in their endeavour to produce optimally.

Suitable for introductory semester-based courses in microeconomics, it facilitates learning through activities and self-evaluation exercises at the end of each chapter, with feedback to activities and answers to the exercises at the end of the book. The study of economics provides the tools for analysis and a framework for thinking that can aid you in making more informed decisions when faced with economic problems, making it suitable for economics students or those requiring an understanding of the economy within a specific financial field.

The Price of Tomorrow - Why Deflation is the Key to an Abundant Future (Paperback): Jeff Booth The Price of Tomorrow - Why Deflation is the Key to an Abundant Future (Paperback)
Jeff Booth
R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Tycoons - How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J.P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy... The Tycoons - How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J.P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy (Paperback)
Charles Morris
R608 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Makes a reader feel like a time traveler plopped down among men who were by turns vicious and visionary."--"The Christian Science Monitor"""
The modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They were the giants of the Gilded Age, a moment of riotous growth that established America as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on the planet.
Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings the men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth--and a country of middle-class consumers. "The Tycoons" tells the incredible story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.

The Third Pillar - How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind (Paperback): Raghuram Rajan The Third Pillar - How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind (Paperback)
Raghuram Rajan 1
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 From one of the most important economic thinkers of our time, a brilliant and far-seeing analysis of the current populist backlash against globalization and how revitalising community can save liberal market democracy. Raghuram Rajan, author of the 2010 FT & Goldman-Sachs Book of the Year Fault Lines, has an unparalleled vantage point onto the social and economic consequences of globalization and their ultimate effect on politics and society. In The Third Pillar he offers up a magnificent big-picture framework for understanding how three key forces - the economy, society, and the state - interact, why things begin to break down, and how we can find our way back to a more secure and stable plane. The 'third pillar' of the title is society. Economists all too often understand their field as the relationship between the market and government, and leave social issues for other people. That's not just myopic, Rajan argues; it's dangerous. All economics is actually socioeconomics - all markets are embedded in a web of human relations, values and norms. As he shows, throughout history, technological innovations have ripped the market out of old webs and led to violent backlashes, and to what we now call populism. Eventually, a new equilibrium is reached, but it can be ugly and messy, especially if done wrong. Right now, we're doing it wrong. As markets scale up, government scales up with it, concentrating economic and political power in flourishing central hubs and leaving the periphery to decompose, figuratively and even literally. Instead, Rajan offers a way to rethink the relationship between the market and civil society and argues for a return to strengthening and empowering local communities as an antidote to growing despair and unrest. The Third Pillar is a masterpiece of explication, a book that will be a classic of its kind for its offering of a wise, authoritative and humane explanation of the forces that have wrought such a sea change in our lives. His ultimate argument that decision-making has to be watered at the grass roots or our democracy will continue to wither is sure to be both provocative and agenda-setting across the world.

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire (Hardcover): Rebecca Henderson Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire (Hardcover)
Rebecca Henderson
R662 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Between Debt and the Devil - Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance (Paperback, Revised edition): Adair Turner Between Debt and the Devil - Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance (Paperback, Revised edition)
Adair Turner; Afterword by Adair Turner
R419 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Adair Turner became chairman of Britain's Financial Services Authority just as the global financial crisis struck in 2008, and he played a leading role in redesigning global financial regulation. In this eye-opening book, he sets the record straight about what really caused the crisis. It didn't happen because banks are too big to fail--our addiction to private debt is to blame. Between Debt and the Devil challenges the belief that we need credit growth to fuel economic growth, and that rising debt is okay as long as inflation remains low. In fact, most credit is not needed for economic growth--but it drives real estate booms and busts and leads to financial crisis and depression. Turner explains why public policy needs to manage the growth and allocation of credit creation, and why debt needs to be taxed as a form of economic pollution. Banks need far more capital, real estate lending must be restricted, and we need to tackle inequality and mitigate the relentless rise of real estate prices. Turner also debunks the big myth about fiat money--the erroneous notion that printing money will lead to harmful inflation. To escape the mess created by past policy errors, we sometimes need to monetize government debt and finance fiscal deficits with central-bank money. Between Debt and the Devil shows why we need to reject the assumptions that private credit is essential to growth and fiat money is inevitably dangerous. Each has its advantages, and each creates risks that public policy must consciously balance.

Culture and Prosperity - Why Some Nations Are Rich But Most Remain Poor (Paperback): John Kay Culture and Prosperity - Why Some Nations Are Rich But Most Remain Poor (Paperback)
John Kay
R406 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R25 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why does a farmer in Sweden have a higher standard of living than a farmer in South Africa? Why does a schoolteacher in Switzerland earn more than one in Chicago? According to leading economic theorist John Kay, economic markets are key to the wealth or poverty of the world's nations. In Culture and Prosperity, Kay explores why market economies outperform socialist or centrally directed markets -- and why the imposition of market institutions often fails. His search for the truth about markets takes him from the shores of Lake Zurich to the streets of Mumbai, through theories of evolutionary psychology and moral philosophy to the flower market at San Remo and Christie's salesroom in New York.

Witty, engaging, and grounded in cutting-edge economic theory, Culture and Prosperity is essential for understanding the state of the world today.

Not Working - Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? (Hardcover): David G. Blanchflower Not Working - Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? (Hardcover)
David G. Blanchflower
R844 R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Save R261 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A candid assessment of why the job market is not as healthy as we think Don't trust low unemployment numbers as proof that the labor market is doing fine-it isn't. Not Working is about those who can't find full-time work at a decent wage-the underemployed-and how their plight is contributing to widespread despair, a worsening drug epidemic, and the unchecked rise of right-wing populism. In this revelatory and outspoken book, David Blanchflower draws on his acclaimed work in the economics of labor and well-being to explain why today's postrecession economy is vastly different from what came before. He calls out our leaders and policymakers for failing to see the Great Recession coming, and for their continued failure to address one of the most unacknowledged social catastrophes of our time. Blanchflower shows how many workers are underemployed or have simply given up trying to find a well-paying job, how wage growth has not returned to prerecession levels despite rosy employment indicators, and how general prosperity has not returned since the crash of 2008. Standard economic measures are often blind to these forgotten workers, which is why Blanchflower practices the "economics of walking about"-seeing for himself how ordinary people are faring under the recovery, and taking seriously what they say and do. Not Working is his candid report on how the young and the less skilled are among the worst casualties of underemployment, how immigrants are taking the blame, and how the epidemic of unhappiness and self-destruction will continue to spread unless we deal with it.

The Socialist Manifesto - The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (Paperback): Bhaskar Sunkara The Socialist Manifesto - The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (Paperback)
Bhaskar Sunkara 1
R395 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Code - Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Paperback): Margaret O'Mara The Code - Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Paperback)
Margaret O'Mara
R479 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R88 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wild Ride - The Rise and Fall of Calumet Farm Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty (Paperback): Ann Hagedorn Auerbach Wild Ride - The Rise and Fall of Calumet Farm Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty (Paperback)
Ann Hagedorn Auerbach
R618 R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In its heyday, Calumet Farm dominated the sport of kings, but during the 1980s, the high-stakes business that had developed around its blueblood roots began to unravel. "Race fans will love the book, of course, but so will anybody interested in recent cultural history, for Wild Ride is as much about 1980s greed as it is about horses".--Los Angeles Times.

Decentralizing Power - Paul Goodman's Social Criticism (Paperback): Paul Goodman Decentralizing Power - Paul Goodman's Social Criticism (Paperback)
Paul Goodman; Volume editing by Taylor Stoehr
R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this new collection of his most acute and durable political writing, readers will recognize the spirit of indignation and hope Goodman first roused in the 1960s with "Growing Up Absurd." "Stoehr tells his Goodman's] story well.This is the genuine kind of decentralism."--"The Nation"

Is Capitalism Working? - A Primer For The 21st Century (Paperback): Jacob Field Is Capitalism Working? - A Primer For The 21st Century (Paperback)
Jacob Field; Edited by Matthew Taylor
R367 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R76 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Is Capitalism Working? is a highly relevant question today - not least to a generation coming of age in a world still experiencing aftershocks from the near-meltdown of the world economy in 2008. Economic theory can be complex, but Jacob Field's wellstructured and thought-provoking text lays out the debate in a clear, accessible and engaging manner. Infographics and timelines ensure that readers grasp the basic tenets, history and context of capitalism, without distracting from the compelling arguments. Jacob Field presents a measured conclusion that reviews the evidence on each side, allowing room for the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.

Economics Express: Financial Markets and Institutions (Paperback): Robert Webb Economics Express: Financial Markets and Institutions (Paperback)
Robert Webb
R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title covers topics that are found in levels one and two of an undergraduate level module where students are studying a programme in the area of economics, finance, accountancy or more broadly management.

Wealth Without Cost Volume 1 (Hardcover, New): Barry Bracewell-Milnes Wealth Without Cost Volume 1 (Hardcover, New)
Barry Bracewell-Milnes
R984 R728 Discovery Miles 7 280 Save R256 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 3 Branches of Economics: Agriculture, Manufacturing & Services In Wealth without Cost the costless creation of wealth, the creation of economic value without the use of costly inputs are added to the three branches of Economics. The costless inputs that create costless wealth are scarce but cannot be purchased; examples are loyalty, saving in perpetuity, giving, proprietary appropriation, stewardship, altruism and freedom. Mainstream economic doctrine has asserted that assets are either scarce (and thus within the subject area of economics) or freely available (like land, water and air) at various times and in various places and thus outside the subject area. White Alchemy in Economics argues that this distinction omits the important category of assets that are scarce (in that they are not available on demand) but also costless (in that they can not be purchased in the market and may or do have not alternative costly use). Costless wealth creation makes better use of what already exists. It can operate through the improvement of institutions or through the workings of the individual mind. It is destroyed by socialism, corporatism regulation and the intrusion of the state or European Union on the decisions of individuals.

People, Power, and Profits - Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent (Paperback): Josephe Stiglitz People, Power, and Profits - Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent (Paperback)
Josephe Stiglitz
R423 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An authoritative account of the dangers of unfettered markets and monied politics, People, Power, and Profits shows us an America in crisis. The American people, however, are far from powerless, and Joseph Stiglitz provides an alternative path forward through his vision of progressive capitalism, with a comprehensive set of political and economic changes.

Capitalism - A Short History (Hardcover): Jurgen Kocka Capitalism - A Short History (Hardcover)
Jurgen Kocka
R610 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this authoritative and accessible book, one of the world's most renowned historians provides a concise and comprehensive history of capitalism within a global perspective from its medieval origins to the 2008 financial crisis and beyond. From early commercial capitalism in the Arab world, China, and Europe, to nineteenth- and twentieth-century industrialization, to today's globalized financial capitalism, Jurgen Kocka offers an unmatched account of capitalism, one that weighs its great achievements against its great costs, crises, and failures. Based on intensive research, the book puts the rise of capitalist economies in social, political, and cultural context, and shows how their current problems and foreseeable future are connected to a long history. Sweeping in scope, the book describes how capitalist expansion was connected to colonialism; how industrialism brought unprecedented innovation, growth, and prosperity but also increasing inequality; and how managerialism, financialization, and globalization later changed the face of capitalism. The book also addresses the idea of capitalism in the work of thinkers such as Marx, Weber, and Schumpeter, and chronicles how criticism of capitalism is as old as capitalism itself, fed by its persistent contradictions and recurrent emergencies. Authoritative and accessible, Capitalism is an enlightening account of a force that has shaped the modern world like few others.

Big Business - A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero (Paperback): Tyler Cowen Big Business - A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero (Paperback)
Tyler Cowen 1
R390 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R68 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An against-the-grain polemic on American capitalism from New York Times bestselling author Tyler Cowen.

We love to hate the 800-pound gorilla. Walmart and Amazon destroy communities and small businesses. Facebook turns us into addicts while putting our personal data at risk. From skeptical politicians like Bernie Sanders who, at a 2016 presidential campaign rally said, "If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist," to millennials, only 42 percent of whom support capitalism, belief in big business is at an all-time low. But are big companies inherently evil? If business is so bad, why does it remain so integral to the basic functioning of America? Economist and bestselling author Tyler Cowen says our biggest problem is that we don't love business enough.

In Big Business, Cowen puts forth an impassioned defense of corporations and their essential role in a balanced, productive, and progressive society. He dismantles common misconceptions and untangles conflicting intuitions. According to a 2016 Gallup survey, only 12 percent of Americans trust big business "quite a lot," and only 6 percent trust it "a great deal." Yet Americans as a group are remarkably willing to trust businesses, whether in the form of buying a new phone on the day of its release or simply showing up to work in the expectation they will be paid. Cowen illuminates the crucial role businesses play in spurring innovation, rewarding talent and hard work, and creating the bounty on which we've all come to depend.

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