Reclaiming Economics for Future Generations

Today’s economies fail to recognise that we are in a rapidly worsening crisis, reproducing and often worsening vast and harmful inequalities between people and countries. The current models are unsustainable, and at a time when global temperatures are rising and divides are deepening, humanity is left in a rapidly worsening situation of its own making, the destruction of the living world, which will make large parts of the earth uninhabitable.

Without access to the knowledge, skills or tools to build a better future, local, national and global economies will continue to fail to address the interlinked challenges of systemic racism, inequalities faced by women, the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate emergency.

Drawing on over sixty interviews with students and professionals from identities and backgrounds marginalised in economics and a wide range of global and historical research, this book illustrates the ways in which the discipline is currently not fit for purpose and sets out a vision for how it can be diversified, decolonised and democratised.

‘Here comes a book full of insightful challenges to the economic mindset that has been handed down through textbooks and classrooms worldwide. The authors clearly demonstrate the power of questioning and unlearning that inheritance. But they also show what it would mean to diversify, decolonise and democratise economics to make it fit for our times, and those that lie ahead. If future generations were here today, they’d surely urge us to read this book.’
Kate Raworthauthor of Doughnut Economics

Economía en Crisis

De America Soy launch their new book Economia en Crisis!

Economy in crisis: The teaching of economics in Latin America and the limits of orthodox theory considers the particular economic, political and social environments of countries within Latin America and looks at how one of the causes of the perpetuation of the neoliberal paradigm is the teaching of economics.

El muevo libro de De América Soy: Economía en Crisis

La enseñanza de la economía en Latinoamérica y los límites de la teoría ortodoxa es una continuación de los intercambios que quienes integramos De América Soy hemos sostenido. Entendemos que las particularidades de cada entorno económico, político y social, una de las raíces de los mecanismos de reproducción y perpetuación del paradigma neoliberal se encuentra en la enseñanza de la economía.

Este libro discute la relación entra la educación neoclásica y las políticas neoliberales de la región. Hay un capítulo por cada país en donde la red está presente: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Perú y Uruguay.

Economy Studies

Today’s societies are facing unprecedented challenges: climate change, inequality, financial instability and as recently has become abundantly clear: pandemics. Economists have a crucial role in addressing these challenges. But their education has not kept pace.

Economy Studies provides a framework and ten basic building blocks for the training of a modern-day economist. Drawing on a decade of ideas from the Rethinking Economics student movement, this book contains a wealth of teaching material. It shows how to teach truly pluralist modules, combining various theories pragmatically without opening the floodgates for ‘anything goes’.

The authors provide a practical road map for effectively connecting core academic material to real world events and the great questions of our time, helping professors to effectively engage students and prepare them for the world of today.

Learn how to use it to reform your economics education by signing up to one of our upcoming online Economy Studies Deep-Dive sessions below.

An Introduction to Pluralist Economics

Economics is a broad and diverse discipline, but most economics textbooks only cover one way of thinking about the economy. This book provides an accessible introduction to nine different approaches to economics: from feminist to ecological and Marxist to behavioural. Each chapter is written by a leading expert in the field described and is intended to stand on its own as well as providing an ambitious survey that seeks to highlight the true diversity of economic thought.

Students of economics around the world have begun to demand a more open economics education. This book represents a first step in creating the materials needed to introduce new and diverse ideas into the static world of undergraduate economics. 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 the Rethinking Economics campaign which argues that students are better served when they are presented with a spectrum of economic ideas rather than just the dominant paradigm.

Rethinking Economics: An Introduction to Pluralist Economics is a great entry-level economics textbook for lecturers looking to introduce students to the broader range of ideas explored within the economics profession. It is also appropriate and accessible for people outside of academia who are interested in economics and economic theory.

The Econocracy

A century ago, the idea of ‘the economy’ didn’t exist. Now economics is the supreme ideology of our time, with its own rules and language. The trouble is, most of us can’t speak it. This is damaging democracy. Dangerous agendas are hidden inside mathematical wrappers; controversial policies are presented as ‘proven’ by the models of economic ‘science’. Government is being turned over to a publicly unaccountable technocratic elite. The Econocracy reveals that economics is too important to be left to the economists – and shows us what we can do about it.

Nominated in the ‘Best books of 2016’ award for The Guardian.

‘Our democracy has gone profoundly wrong. Economists have failed us. Politicians have lied to us. Things must change. This fearless new book will help make it happen’ Owen Jones

‘An explosive call for change … packed with original research … a case study for the question we should all be asking since the crash: how have the elites – in Westminster, in the City, in economics – stayed in charge?’ Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian

‘Utterly compelling and sobering’ Ha-Joon Chang

‘If war is too important to be left to the generals, so is the economy too important to be left to narrowly trained economists … thought-provoking’ Martin Wolf

‘An interesting and highly pertinent book’ Noam Chomsky