1 Introduction: Paradigms and Social Science Buy at Amazon Kuhn, Thomas. Structure of Scientific Revolutions. University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780226458083.
2 Theories of the Liberal State and Politics

Buy at Amazon Locke, John. Chapters 1–5 and 7–9 in Second Treatise on Civil Government. The Editorium, 2010. ISBN: 9781434103055.

Buy at Amazon Berlin, Isaiah. "Two Concepts of Liberty." In Four Essays on Liberty. Oxford University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780192810342.

Madison, James. Federalist Paper 10. Friday, November 23, 1787. 


Condorcet, and Keith Michael Baker. "Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind: Tenth Epoch." Daedalus 133, no. 3 (2004): 65–82.

3 Neo-Classical Theories of the Economy

Buy at Amazon Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom. University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp. 1–55, 108–37, and 161–90. ISBN: 9780226264219. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Becker, Gary. Chapters 1, 8, 12, and 13 in The Economic Approach to Human Behavior. University of Chicago Press, 1990.


Buy at Amazon Dobb, Maurice. Theories of Value and Distribution Since Adam Smith: Ideology and Economic Theory. Cambridge University Press, 1975. ISBN: 9780521099363. [Preview on Google Books]

4 Liberal and Neo-Classical Approaches

Buy at Amazon Olson, Mancur. Chapters 1–4 in The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups. Harvard University Press, 1971. ISBN: 9780674537514.

Buy at Amazon Hayek, Frederich. Chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5 in Individualism and Economic Order. University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN: 9780226320939.


Harsanyi, John. "Rational-Choice Models of Political Behavior vs. Functionalist and Conformist Theories." World Politics 21, no. 4 (1969): 513–37.

5 The Keynesian Revolution

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Buy at Amazon ———. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money. Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1965. ISBN: 9780156347112.

6 Marxist Politics

Buy at Amazon Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. "The Manifesto of the Communist Party." In The Marx-Engels Reader. Edited by Robert C. Tucker. W.W. Norton, 1978, pp. 469–500. ISBN: 9780393090406.

Buy at Amazon ———. Preface to a Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. In The Marx-Engels Reader. Edited by Robert C. Tucker. W.W. Norton, 1978, pp. 3–6. ISBN: 9780393090406.

Buy at Amazon Marx, Karl. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. Translated by D. D. L. CreateSpaceIndependent Publishing Platform, 2013. ISBN: 9781461072270. (Read in entirety, NOT in Tucker version).


Buy at Amazon Gramsci, Antonio. Selections From the Prison Notebooks. Edited by Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith. International Publishers Company, 1971, pp. 1–276. ISBN: 9780717803972.

7 Marxist Economics and Value Theory Buy at Amazon Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. "Capital." In The Marx-Engels Reader. Edited by Robert C. Tucker. Norton, 1978, pp. 294–465. ISBN: 9780393090406.

Buy at Amazon Howard, M. C., and J. E. King. The Political Economy of Marx. New York University Press, 1988, pp. 1–180. ISBN: 9780814734537. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Rubin, I. I. Introduction and chapters 1, 8, and 18 in Essays on Marx's Theory of Value. Black Rose Books, 1973. ISBN: 9780919618183.

8 Sociological Theories of Capitalism (I)

Buy at Amazon Weber, Max. Introduction and chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5 in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780199747252.

9 Sociological Theories of Capitalism (II) Buy at Amazon Polanyi, Karl. Chapters 3–14 in The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Beacon Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780807056431. Except chapters go from 1–14.
10 Sociological Theories of Capitalism (III)

Buy at Amazon Boltanski, Luc, and Eve Chiapello. "Conclusion: The Force of Critique." In The New Spirit of Capitalism. Verso, 2007, pp. 485–524. ISBN: 9781844671656.

11 Crisis and Capitalism

Review relevant passages from Marx's Communist Manifesto and Capital. Review Keynes.

Buy at Amazon Schumpeter, Joseph. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008, pp. 81–163. ISBN: 9780061561610.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon MacKenzie, Donald. Chapters 1 and 9 in An Engine Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets. MIT Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780262633673. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Akerlof, George A., and Robert J. Shiller. Preface and chapters 1–4, 6, and 7 in Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism. Princeton University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780691145921.

Bernanke, Ben. "Reflections on a Year in Crisis." Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. Jackson Hole Speech. August 21, 2009.

Buy at Amazon Rajan, Raghuram. "Let Them Eat Credit." In Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy. Princeton University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780691152639.


Lo, Andrew W. "Reading About the Financial Crisis: A Twenty-One Book Review." Journal of Economic Literature 50, no. 1 (2012): 151–78.

12 Institutionalism

Buy at Amazon North, Douglas. Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. Cambridge University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780521397346. [Preview with Google Books]

Buy at Amazon Hall, Peter, and David Soskice. Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage. Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 1–68. ISBN: 9780199247752.