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Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

James Fulcher

June 2015

ISBN: 9780198726074

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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In this Very Short Introduction James Fulcher considers what capitalism is, the forms it can take around the world, and its history of crises and long-term development. In this new edition he discusses the fundamental impact of the global financial crises of 2007-8 and what it has meant for capitalism worldwide.

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In this Very Short Introduction James Fulcher considers what capitalism is, the forms it can take around the world, and its history of crises and long-term development. In this new edition he discusses the fundamental impact of the global financial crises of 2007-8 and what it has meant for capitalism worldwide.

  • Provides a detailed answer to the question 'what is capitalism?'
  • Brings together sociological and historical approaches to the study of capitalism, drawing on material from a wide range of historical and contemporary societies
  • Looks at the origins and developments of capitalism and the various forms it takes worldwide
  • Analyses historical cases of crisis within capitalism
  • Discusses the global financial crisis of 2007-8 and its on-going effects
  • Highlights the problems of financial capitalism by identifying two crisis mechanisms - overproduction/underconsumption and financial crisis of credit expansion and contraction
  • Explores the deflationary consequences of quantitative easing (QE), the contraction of credit, and the role of China in the global economy
  • Includes an updated further reading section

About the Author(s)

James Fulcher, Teaches Sociology at the University of Leicester

James Fulcher read History at Cambridge, took a Sociology Masters at the London School of Economics, and wrote his PhD at the University of Leicester. His career was spent in the Sociology Department at the University of Leicester and, with John Scott, he produced a number of editions of Sociology, published by Oxford, which has been judged 'the best of the all-encompassing texts'. His main research interest has been in the history of industrial relations in Sweden and his main teaching interest in the development of Japanese society.

Table of Contents

    1:What is capitalism?
    2:Where did it come from?
    3:How did we get here?
    4:Is capitalism the same everywhere?
    5:Has capitalism gone global?
    6:Crisis? What crisis?
    References
    Further reading
    Index