Economists and the Powerful
Convenient Theories, Distorted Facts, Ample Rewards
About This Book
“I strongly recommend this book. It is exactly what is needed as supplementary (but required!) reading in introductory economics courses everywhere.” —John Weeks, “Science and Society”
“Häring and Douglas’s book is praiseworthy in many ways […] [I]ts spirit is quintessentially institutionalist, for the authors’ focus is set squarely upon those real-world socio-political, cultural and, to some extent, biological structures that determine actual economic activities. In particular, Häring and Douglas are keen on reintroducing the notion of power within the economic discourse, thus recovering it from the other social sciences, where mainstream economists have been confining it for too many decades.” — Giorgio Baruchello, “Economics, Management, and Financial Markets”
“There’s no lack of books on the shortcomings of mainstream economics. ‘Economists and the Powerful,’ by Norbert Haering, a German financial journalist, and Niall Douglas, an Irish IT consultant, stands out from the crowd.” —Olaf Storbeck, “Reuters BreakingViews”
“Economists and the Powerful: Convenient Theories, Distorted Facts, Ample Rewards” explores the workings of the modern global economy – an economy in which competition has been corrupted and power has a ubiquitous influence upon economic behavior. Based on an array of empirical and theoretical studies by a series of distinguished economists, this book reveals a stark and unpleasant truth: that the true workings of capitalism are very different from the popular myths that mainstream economics would have us believe.
By connecting the dots and coloring the resulting picture with real life examples, this work provides a groundbreaking account of the mechanics of capitalism, and demonstrates how different groups and elites consistently further their own economic interests at the expense of others. Journeys into economic history allow the reader to travel to the source of the political power enjoyed by our current-day financiers, and unveil a whole host of systematic problems – such as that our banks are the main beneficiaries of today’s unstable, debt-oriented monetary system, or that leading economists often play a role in helping CEOs massively inflate their salaries without improving their performance – that are today more pertinent, and prevalent, than ever.
To investigate these issues, “Economists and the Powerful” looks closely at the incentives pursued by economists, and explores the history of the economic doctrines supported in our current financial climate. Via this scrutinizing approach, the text approaches the most overlooked issue of all: the matter of how, when and why the questioning of power was erased from the radar screen of mainstream economics – and the influence this subversive removal has had upon the modern financial world.
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Norbert Häring is the co-founder and director of the World Economics Association, editor of the “World Economic Review,” and a correspondent for “Handelsblatt,” the leading German business newspaper.
Niall Douglas is the Social Networking Coordinator of the World Economics Association, operates an expert IT consultancy firm and serves on international engineering standards committees within the ISO and IEEE.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Chapter 1. The Economics of the Powerful; Chapter 2. Money is Power; Chapter 3. The Power of the Corporate Elite; Chapter 4. Market Power; Chapter 5. Power at Work; Chapter 6. The Power to Set the Rules of the Game; Afterword; References; Index