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The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time
But the fount and matrix of the system was the self-regulating market. It was this innovation which gave rise to a specific civilization. The gold standard was merely an attempt to extend the
Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies
The Golden Age of postwar capitalism has been eclipsed, and with it seemingly also the possibility of harmonizing equality and welfare with efficiency and jobs. Most analyses believe the the emerging
Swimming Against the Current: The Rise of a Hidden Developmental State in the United States
  • F. Block
  • Political Science, Economics
  • 1 June 2008
Despite the dominant role of market fundamentalist ideas in U.S. politics over the last thirty years, the Federal government has dramatically expanded its capacity to finance and support efforts of
Karl Polanyi and the writing of The Great Transformation
Karl Polanyi's 1944 book, The Great Transformation, has been recognized as central for the field of economic sociology, but it has not been subject to the same theoretical scrutiny as other classic
Postindustrial Possibilities: A Critique of Economic Discourse
Preface 1. The Postindustrial Context 2. Economic Sociology 3. The Market 4. Labor 5. Capital 6. Output 7. Alternatives: Qualitative Growth
Late Capitalism
  • F. Block
  • Economics
    Thoughts and Prayers
  • 1 July 1977
Ernest Mandel’s Late Capitalism is a frustrating book to read and a difficult book to review. It is encyclopedic in its breadth, but many of its main arguments are not developed fully enough. It has
The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite
in the United States, especially through Christian fundamentalist broadcast networks. Sharon Erickson Nepstad and Stellan Vinthagen discuss the greater success of the British Plowshares Movement, in
From Poverty to Perversity: Ideas, Markets, and Institutions over 200 Years of Welfare Debate
To understand the rise of market fundamentalism from the margins of influence to mainstream hegemony, we compare the U.S. 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act and
State of Innovation: The U.S. Government's Role in Technology Development
Foreword: Peter Evans Preface Chapter 1 Introduction: Innovation and the Invisible Hand of Government Fred Block Introduction to Part I Telling the Stories: What Are The Instruments and How Have They