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Capital and Ideology

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674980822

Publication Date: 03/10/2020

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1104 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

158 illus., 11 tables

Belknap Press

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Might become even more politically influential than the French economist’s 2013 overview of inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century… Piketty explains why this could be the moment for a turn to equality, and which policies could make that happen.—Simon Kuper, Financial Times

Thomas Piketty’s books are always monumental… In the same way that Capital in the Twenty-First Century has transformed how economists look at inequality, Capital and Ideology will transform the way political scientists look at their own field.—Branko Milanovic, ProMarket

A book of remarkable clarity and dynamism. Drawing lessons from a breathtaking survey of different historical experiences, it teaches us that nothing is inevitable, that there exist a whole range of possibilities between hypercapitalism and the disasters of the communist experience. It’s up to us to make our future. Let’s roll up our sleeves.—Esther Duflo, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences

Thomas Piketty’s magisterial global and connected history takes us on a whirlwind journey across the world during the past 500 years to show how shifting ideas and politics have shaped a wide variety of inequality regimes. Fully embracing the power of historical analysis, Capital and Ideology emboldens us to reimagine the possibilities of our present. Enormously rich in argument and evidence, this tour de force by one of the most influential thinkers of our age is a must-read for anyone grappling with the dilemmas of our present.—Sven Beckert, author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Outlines a fairer economic system for the world.—Claire Warren, Management Today

A significant work. The author interrogates the principal forms of economic organization over time, from slavery to ‘non-European trifunctional societies,’ Chinese-style communism, and ‘hypercapitalist’ orders, in order to examine relative levels of inequality and its evolution… A deftly argued case for a new kind of socialism that, while sure to inspire controversy, bears widespread discussion.Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[A] wide-ranging historical survey of ‘inequality regimes’—dogmas that justify hierarchies of wealth and power… This ambitious manifesto will stir controversy, but also cement Piketty’s position as the Left’s leading economic theorist.Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Thomas Piketty’s new book starts where Capital in the Twenty-First Century left off, revealing how inequality was allowed to develop into an acceptable condition, now and in the past, in the West and in the rest of the world. Still, not all is bad: if inequality is a social construct, that means it can also be undone. Based on monumental research, Capital and Ideology is an appeal to rethink capitalism—if not for today’s politicians then perhaps for tomorrow’s revolution!—Reinier de Graaf, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, author of Four Walls and a Roof

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