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Adam Smith: A Very Short Introduction


Christopher J. Berry

25 October 2018

Very Short Introductions

Today Adam Smith, author of the Wealth of Nations, is associated with the promotion of self-interest and a defence of greed. Yet if Smith is actually read this is more a caricature than a faithful portrait. Berry offers a balanced and nuanced view of this seminal thinker, set against contemporary European history, politics, and philosophy.

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Development: A Very Short Introduction


Ian Goldin

22 March 2018

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o How do nations escape poverty and achieve economic and social progress? Ian Goldin, a former vice-president of the World Bank, explains what development means in its broadest sense - encompassing education, health, and gender equality as well as economic growth. He discusses the shift from state-led strategies, to ones driven by market forces.

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The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States, and Democracy Can't Coexist


Dani Rodrik

17 May 2012

Globalization, Rodrik argues, rests on shaky foundations. Despite the benefits it has brought to much of the world, there are profound conflicts of interest between democracy, national determination, and full economic globalization. He traces the idea's history, pinpoints its weaknesses, and points the way forward to a new 'smart globalization'

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