Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745335186 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Reconstructing Karl Polanyi

Gareth Dale

Reconstructing Karl Polanyi

Gareth Dale

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288 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745335186 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9780745335193 Published November 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Karl Polanyi was one of the most influential political economists of the twentieth-century and is widely regarded as the most gifted of social democrat theorists. In Reconstructing Karl Polanyi, Gareth Dale draws upon primary sources archived in the countries that Polanyi called home—Hungary, Austria, Britain, the United States, and Canada—to provide a sweeping survey of his contribution to the social sciences.
 
Polanyi’s intellectual and political outlook can best be summarized through paradoxical formulations such as ‘romantic modernist’, ‘liberal socialist’, and ‘cosmopolitan patriot.’ In exploring these paradoxes, Dale excavates and reconstructs Polanyi’s views on a range of topics that have been neglected in the critical literature, including Keynesian economic policy, the evolution and dynamics of Stalin’s Russia, regional integration, and McCarthyism. He reinterprets Polanyi’s philosophy of history, his theory of democracy, and his economic historiography of Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia, and guides readers through Polyani's critical dialogue with Marxism.  
 
While the central threads and motifs of this study are intellectual-historiographical in nature, Dale also critically analyzes the views of Polanyi and his followers on issues of pressing present-day relevance, notably the clash between democracy and capitalism, and the nature and trajectory of European unification.
Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Reconstructing sociology
2. The Marxist orbit: Polanyi’s double movement
3. Capital versus the demos
4. Democratic tyranny: The Soviet Union
5. Reconstructing The Great Transformation
6. Regionalism and the European Union
7. Intellectuals and the Red Scare
8. Redistribution and market exchange in Mesopotamia
9. [with Matthijs Krul] Markets in Ancient Greece: The challenge of the New Institutionalism

Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Chris Hann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
"No one digs deeper than Dale into Polanyi’s mindset, into his politics as well as his scholarship."
Tamás Krausz, author of Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography
"Dale not only evokes the spirit of Karl Polanyi in his erudite book and clarifies the key cornerstones of Polanyi's thinking, but also shows what practical and actual lessons can be learned from Polanyi from the perspective of socialist movements....A great asset for the universal left in the critique of capitalist market economy."
Wolfgang Streeck, Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
"Indispensable for understanding and applying Polanyian thought. Dale's book is a model of critical scholarship, placing Polanyi in historical context and skillfully tracing the development of his theory."
Alicia Girón, National University of Mexico
"Revitalises, brings back, and inverts Polanyi’s thought." 
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