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Is Capitalism Working? (The Big Idea)

A primer for the 21st century

Jacob Field, Matthew Taylor


Part of Thames & Hudson’s innovative new ‘Big Idea’ series, this incisive discussion of capitalism breaks down the key concepts and theories at the heart of this contentious topic

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Since the near-meltdown of the world economy in 2008, capitalism has been in crisis. Is it time to call time on a system that continues to destabilize the world economy? Have the deregulation and free-trade policies of the last forty neoliberal years made capitalism toxic?

This engaging book presents the benefits and disadvantages of capitalism in all its forms and asks if there is a viable alternative.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Publication date: 6 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500293676

Contents List

Introduction • 1. How Capitalism Evolved • 2. How Modern Capitalism Works • 3. Capitalism in Crisis • 4. Adapting the Capitalist Model • Conclusion

About the Author

Jacob Field, a research associate at the University of Cambridge, is the author of four history books, most recently London, Londoners, and the Great Fire of 1666.

Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. Prior to that he was for 15 years Chief Executive of the RSA, a 250-year-old British institution devoted to enriching society through ideas and action to deliver a 21st-century enlightenment. A writer, public speaker and broadcaster, he has written numerous articles on policy, politics, public service reform and cultural theory, and frequently appears on Newsnight, The Daily Politics, and Radio 4’s Today and The Moral Maze. He was previously General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britain’s leading think tank.

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