Rethinking Reader

Economics is a broad and diverse discipline but most economics books only cover one, dominant, way of thinking about the economy and its study. This book provides an accessible introduction to twelve different approaches to economics: from feminist to ecological, Marxian to behavioural, and development to post-keynesian economics. Each chapter, written specially for the book by some of the leading experts in their field, introduces the reader to an alternative approach to studying economics.

Traditional introductory economics courses have changed little since Paul Samuelson published his influential textbook in 1948, and while our book will not overthrow this hegemony, it will offer a ready-made companion text for students and teachers wanting more exposure to the broader range of ideas explored within the economics profession.

In the end, it is hoped that this book will provide context for undergraduate students by placing the mainstream of economic thought side by side with more heterodox schools. This is in keeping with RethinkingĀ“s belief that students are better served when they are presented with a spectrum of economic ideas rather than just the dominant paradigm.

List of contributors so far

Institutional Economics Geoffrey Hodgson
Ecological Economics Clive Spash & Vivian Asara
Feminist Economics Susan Himmelweit
Marxist Economics Ben Fine & Alfredo Saad Filho
Post-Keynsian Economics Engelbert Stockhammer
Development Economics Wendy Olsen
Behavioural Economics Stephen Young
Cooperative Economics Molly Scott-Cato
Complexity Economics Alan Kirman
Austrian Economics Guido Hulsmann

Get involved

If you’re interested in working with leading authors and a global team of enthusiastic students, this project might be for you.

Write to reader@rethinkeconomics.org for more information.