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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

release date: Mar 18, 2020
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Capital and Ideology

release date: Mar 10, 2020
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Capital and Ideology
The epic successor to one of the most important books of the century: at once a retelling of global history, a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system. Thomas Piketty’s bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. Our economy, Piketty observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. Piketty explores the material and ideological interactions of conflicting social groups that have given us slavery, serfdom, colonialism, communism, and hypercapitalism, shaping the lives of billions. He concludes that the great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. The new era of extreme inequality that has derailed that progress since the 1980s, he shows, is partly a reaction against communism, but it is also the fruit of ignorance, intellectual specialization, and our drift toward the dead-end politics of identity. Once we understand this, we can begin to envision a more balanced approach to economics and politics. Piketty argues for a new “participatory” socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power. Capital and Ideology is destined to be one of the indispensable books of our time, a work that will not only help us understand the world, but that will change it.

Capital and Ideology

release date: Jan 01, 2020
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Capital and Ideology
Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century showed that capitalism, left to itself, generates deepening inequality. In this audacious follow-up, he challenges us to revolutionize how we think about ideology and history, exposing the ideas that have sustained inequality since premodern times and outlining a fairer economic system.

How to Democratize Europe

release date: Jan 01, 2019
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How to Democratize Europe
The European Union has long suffered from a lack of democratic accountability. In the past decade, the problem has become particularly acute in the economic management of the Eurozone, the 19 countries of the E.U. that use the Euro (nine members don't). At present, the central institution for management of the Eurozone is the Eurogroup, an informal body led by national finance ministers who report neither to the European Parliament nor to national parliaments but coordinate their activities with the Troika, that is, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Council. Critics accuse the Eurogroup both of lack of transparency and of consistently putting the interests of the rich northwest ahead of the interests of poorer and smaller nations in the east and south. In How to Democratize Europe, four distinguished French scholars describe the diverse problems of the Eurozone and propose a treaty that would establish a parliament for economic policy consisting of selected members of national parliaments. Various contributors then respond to the proposal with support, criticism, or ideas for alternatives.--

Informe sobre la desigualdad global 2018

release date: Nov 26, 2018
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Informe sobre la desigualdad global 2018
La desigualdad económica es uno de los fantasmas que hoy recorren el mundo. Lo mismo en países desarrollados que en los que se esfuerzan por salir de la miseria, este azote contemporáneo confirma de manera dolorosa que el progreso técnico, la apertura de los mercados y la diseminación de la democracia —sobre todo si se queda en su aspecto formal— son insuficientes para que los beneficios del crecimiento se distribuyan de modo equitativo. El World Inequality Lab, una iniciativa académica dirigida por los responsables de este volumen, ha construido en los últimos años la World Inequality Database, sin duda la más confiable fuente de información acerca de la desigualdad en el mundo; con este primer Informe sobre la desigualdad global se inicia la publicación bienal de estudios sobre cómo está evolucionando la distribución del ingreso y la riqueza. Convencidos de que la información de calidad es imprescindible para mejorar los debates sobre la necesaria acción del Estado y la sociedad organizada, los autores presentan aquí tendencias y análisis de la situación en el planeta y en países concretos hasta ahora poco estudiados, como China, Brasil o España, y concluyen con un sólido arsenal de políticas públicas para enfrentar este fenómeno cruel, injusto... y evitable. Tras examinar este informe [...] es fácil creer que la creciente concentración del ingreso es una imparable fuerza de la naturaleza, un efecto económico inevitable debido a la globalización y la tecnología. [...] Pero un análisis cuidadoso de los datos sugiere que la desbocada desigualdad no es algo fatal. Eduardo Porter y Karl Rusell, The New York Times Este libro se basa en una metodología pionera [...] Espero que los políticos puedan leerlo y dejen de contentarse con hacer uso de la palabra. De no hacerlo, una sociedad civil transnacional se apoderará de ella para convertirla en un arma de construcción masiva. Vittorio de Filippis, Libération

Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century

release date: May 07, 2018
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Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century
A landmark in contemporary social science, this pioneering work by Thomas Piketty explains the facts and dynamics of income inequality in France in the twentieth century. On its publication in French in 2001, it helped launch the international program led by Piketty and others to explore the grand patterns and causes of global inequality—research that has since transformed public debate. Appearing here in English for the first time, this stunning achievement will take its place alongside Capital in the Twenty-First Century as a modern classic of economic analysis. Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century is essential in part because of Piketty’s unprecedented efforts to uncover, untangle, and present in clear form data about patterns in tax and inheritance in France dating back to 1900. But it is also an exceptional work of analysis, tracking and explaining with Piketty’s characteristically lucid prose the effects of political conflict, war, and social change on the economic pressures and public policies that determined the lives of millions. A work of unusual intellectual power and ambition, Top Incomes in France in the Twentieth Century is a vital resource for anyone concerned with the economic, political, and social history of France, and it is central to ongoing debates about social justice, inequality, taxation, and the evolution of capitalism around the world.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

release date: Aug 14, 2017
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Capital in the Twenty-First Century
The main driver of inequality—returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth—is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

Capital in the Twenty-first Century

release date: Jan 01, 2017
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Income Inequality Under Colonial Rule

release date: Jan 01, 2020
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Income Inequality Under Colonial Rule
In this article we assess income inequality across French and British colonial empires between 1920 and 1960. For the first time, income tax tabulations are exploited to assess the case studies of French Algeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, and Vietnam, which we compare to British colonies and dominions. As measured by top income shares, inequality was high in colonies. It fell after WWII, but stabilized at much higher levels than in mainland France or the United Kingdom in the 1950s. European settlers or expatriates comprised the bulk of top income earners, and only a minority of autochthons could compete in terms of income, particularly in Africa. Top income shares were no higher in settlement colonies, not only because those territories were wealthier but also because the average European settler was less rich than the average European expatriate. Inequality between Europeans in colonies was similar to (or even below) that of the metropoles. In settlement colonies, the post-WWII fall in income inequality can be explained by a fall in inequality between Europeans, mirroring that of the metropoles, and does not imply that the European/autochthon income gap was reduced.
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