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Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy : A Twenty-First Century Agenda, Hardback Book

Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy : A Twenty-First Century Agenda Hardback

Edited by Leonardo Burlamaqui, Rainer Kattel

Part of the Routledge Studies in the History of Economics series



2017 marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, a work acknowledged as one of the most insightful books written in the twentieth century.

It retains a contemporary quality, and still invites criticisms, new interpretations, and extensions and across disciplines. This book, in addition to re-examining Schumpeter’s seminal work and undertaking a twenty-first-century update of its main themes, brings together leading social scientists to provide contemporary amendments, extensions – or eventually refutations – of key elements of Schumpeter’s vision and thesis.

Issues covered include a new take on creative destruction, the contours of a theory of innovative enterprise, finance and financialisation, a critique of the secular stagnation thesis, Schumpeter’s contributions to a theory of the entrepreneurial state, his conception of socialism and its current relevance for understanding the 'China model' as well as a rekindling of his democracy thesis for our times.

Bringing together leading international contributors, this book provides fresh perspectives on ideas that continue to be hugely relevant to contemporary social sciences and a guide for understanding the current tensions among capitalism, the state and democracy.

These chapters will be of interest to economists, social scientists and anyone with an interest in modern capitalism.