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The value of nothing : how to reshape market society and redefine democracy / Raj Patel.

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Author/Creator:
Patel, Raj.
Language:
English.
Publication date:
2009
Imprint:
London : Portobello, 2009.
Format:
  • Book
  • 250 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-237) and index.
Contents:
  • The flaw
  • Becoming homo economicus
  • The corporation
  • On diamonds and water
  • Anti-economic man
  • We are all commoners
  • The countermovement and the right to have rights
  • Democracy in the city
  • Back to food sovereignty
  • Anton's blindness.
Publisher's Summary:
Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic, the gears of the world economy have ground to a halt. It's now clear that the market doesn't only get it wrong about sub-prime mortgages, it gets it wrong about everything. We need to ask again one of the most fundamental questions a society ever addresses, and one to which very few people know or understand the answer: Why do things cost what they do? Radical, original, nimbly argued, "The Value of Nothing" uses some fundamental but forgotten economics and some cutting-edge neuroeconomics to show how the price we pay for everything from food, to handbags, to fridges, to entertainment, is systematically distorted. After reading this book, the question 'How much?' should never just be about the price on the sticker.
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ISBN:
9781846272172
1846272173

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