HSS 449 Capitalism: theories, histories, varieties

Capitalism forms the life-support system for most of humanity. Yet we mainly discuss particular elements of it rather than analyse it as a system. Nor do we have any courses on the history of the rise of capitalism either in India or globally. This course will discuss capitalism in four dimensions: 1. theories of capitalism, 2. the global history of capitalism, 3. varieties of capitalism, and 4. the Indian variety of capitalism.
Texts/references:

  1. Cavanagh, John, and Thea Lee, Field guide to the global economy. New Press, 2005;
  2. Ha-Joon, Chang, 23 They don’t tell You about Capitalism. London: Allen Lane; Ingham, Geoffrey, Capitalism: With a New Things Postscript on the Financial Crisis and Its Aftermath. John Wiley & Sons, 2013;
  3. Kohli, Atul, Poverty amid plenty in the new India. Cambridge University Press, 2012;
  4. Sinha, Aseema, The regional roots of developmental politics in India: A divided leviathan. Indiana University Press, 2005;
  5. Soskice, David W., and Peter A. Hall, Varieties of capitalism: The institutional foundations of comparative advantage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001;
  6. Tooze, A., 2018. Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world.