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Crisis In Economics? Studies in European Political Economy

Crisis In Economics?

This is the eight volume published under the name of the author. The book consists of four main parts. Part One, chapters 1 and 2, are devoted to the epistemological and methodological debate about the meaning, social relevance and future of economics as a social science discipline. Part Two is devoted to theories of institutional change and transformation, with the benefit of hindsight. Here the two focal points are the reasons for the large degree of spontaneity of change and also for the lastingly divergent transition trajectories. Additionally a new type of macroeconomic populism is being diagnosed among the causes of the 2007-2009 debacle.

Part Three is devoted to various aspects of Europeanization. Chapter five asks if and under what angle EU enlargement has been premature. Chapters six and seven are devoted to the state, future and strategic options for the European Union. Finally Chapter eight synthetizes the overlaps between European and transition studies. It sheds some light on how constitutionalism in general and rules-based behavior in particular areas could contribute to a more efficient strategy of development in Europe.

Finally Part four wraps up the findings and returns to broader implications from empirical investigations. Adopting the angle of developmental theory it asks what is to be learned from the east European experience? And conversely if transition related or broader, more general considerations explain longer term success? The latter may include the need to avoid all forms of a predatory state, while also rejecting the mirage of a minimal state. Developmental considerations may, and indeed be fed back to broader theories of economic change at the more abstract levels as well.

The book, as the subtitle suggests, can be used in classroom for a variety of audiences. It still forms an integrated structure where feedbacks from the individual areas may be conducive to better understanding of the whole. Broad referencing and statistical evidence supports the claims of the author. Written in a non-technical style it is intended to draw attention from a varity of audiences, such as economists, political scientists, IR specialists and business executives.

Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó

Year: 2009

Number of pages: 226

ISBN: 978 963 05 8661 0

Reviews

Tomasz MickiewiczEurope-Asia Studies, no. 5, 2011Details

Language: English

Tomasz Mickiewicz: Professor of Comparative Economics, University College of London

György SzakolczaiKözgazdasági Szemle, vol. 56, no. 1, 2010Details

Language: Hungarian

György Szakolczai: Budapest University of Technology

Péter Ákos Bod: Crisis in economics? Studies in European political economyPénzügyi Szemle, no. 1, 2010Details

Language: English

Péter Ákos Bod: former governor of the National Bank of Hungary

Péter Halmai: Új szintézis felé?Competitio, vol. 9, no. 1, 2010Details

Language: Hungarian

Péter Halmai: Pannon University and Szent István University

Fruzsina SigérVezetéstudomány, vol. 41, no. 9, 2010Details

Language: Hungarian

Miklós Szanyi: „Vidám Válságot!”Társadalomkutatás, no. 3, 2010Details

Language: Hungarian

Miklós Szanyi: Institute for World Economy, Budapest

Anna Szabó: Matek álruhábanMagyar Nemzet, June 20, 2009Details

Language: Hungarian

Péter Ákos Bod: A közgazdaságtan válsága?Polgári Szemle, vol. 6, no. 3, 2009Details

Language: Hungarian

Péter Ákos Bod: former governor of the National Bank of Hungary

István MagasActa Oeconomica, vol. 59, no. 4, 2009Details

Language: English

István Magas: Chair, Department of World Economics at Corvinus University of Budapest

Róbert BecskyEurópai Tükör, no. 12, pp108-112, 2009Details

National University of Public ServiceLanguage: Hungarian

Róbert Becsky: emeritus editor, Budapest Business review and European Mirror

István Magas: Válság után – higgadt kritikákKülgazdaság, vol. 53, nos. 11-12, 2009Details

Academic monthly of KOPINT FoundationLanguage: Hungarian

István Magas: Chair, Department of World Economics at Corvinus University of Budapest

Crisis In Economics?