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.

  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.