The Reformation in Economics: Table of Contents


So, my book is super close to being finished (I know… I keep saying that…). And I have an agent currently considering it. They have said that they want this to be published as a popular book which is exactly what I’m going for (think: Steve Keen’s Debunking Economics although my book is an entirely different creature).

Anyway, none of this is set in stone and we’ll have to see if it plays out according to plan. In the meantime, however, I’ve finished the Table of Contents which might give readers of the blog a feel for what the book is likely to contain. I would imagine that people will quickly see that there is nothing like this on the market at the moment. And yet the people that I have run the drafts by confirm that it is very internally coherent. This is not a free-for-all by any stretch.


The Reformation in Economics­­­­

 By Philip Pilkington

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. Macroeconomics: A Dangerous Idea
  4. The Limiting Principle: Paul Samuelson and the Death of Economics
  5. Homo Economicus: Our Utility-Maximising Friend
  6. Schemata: Abstraction and Modelling
  7. Equilibrium: Static, Dynamic, Expectational
  8. Money: A Means to an End
  9. Profits, Prices, Distribution and Demand
  10. Finance and Investment
  11. Coping With Uncertainty
  12. Free Trade: Against Dogma
  13. Conclusion
  14. Philosophical and Psychological Appendices
    1. Determinism Versus Free Will: An Age Old Debate
    2. Traversing the Fantasy: Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism and Economics


Update: Someone has requested the bibliography. It is not quite finished but for those interested here it is so far.

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Philip Pilkington is a London-based economist and member of the Political Economy Research Group (PERG) at Kingston University. You can follow him on Twitter at @pilkingtonphil.
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6 Responses to The Reformation in Economics: Table of Contents

  1. philippe101 says:

    Looks very interesting.

    • dan says:

      I hope it is popular – a best seller – because the best way to fix the economists (and democracy) is to educate the public. If the public only knew that they (policy makers) are not even wrong.

      • YC says:

        Economics does not need “fixing” as the textbook say that monetary policy is fairly ineffective in a liquidity trap and that contractionary fiscal policy is indeed contractionary.
        You have this in a simple IS-LM and in a large Woodfordian DSGE model.

        Now I am not much of a fan of DSGE but I am even less of a fan of misrepresenting what mainstream econ actually says.

      • dan says:

        It’s not economics that needs fixing; it’s the economists. I’m not misrepresenting what mainstream econ says; I’m saying that they don’t know what they are talking about when they say what they say.

  2. Nick says:

    Can’t wait for the book! No Michael Hudson citations?

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