Books

Here I hope to review a range of books and detail how they influence or inform the main discussion points of this blog. At present I’ve read only a third or so of those listed, so I expect that I might post short reviews of new books as I read them (I doubt I’ll get around to reviewing the others, but you never know). Blog posts on these books should steadily start to appear on the main page. The best ones will be catalogued here. In the mean time, consider it a general resource for those interested in evolutionary political economy, among other things.

Evolutionary-Institutional Economics

  • Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy – Joseph Schumpeter
  • The Origin of Wealth – Eric Beinhocker
  • Knowledge, Institutions and Evolution in Economics – Brian Loasby
  • The New Evolutionary Microeconomics – Jason Potts
  • The Evolutionary Foundations of Economics – Kurt Dopfer & Jason Potts
  • The General Theory of Economic Evolution – Kurt Dopfer & Jason Potts
  • Economics, Evolution and the State – Kurt Dopfer
  • The Evolution of Economic Institutions – Geoffrey Hodgson
  • Economics in the Shadows of Darwin and Marx – Geoffrey Hodgson
  • An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change – Richard Nelson & Sidney Winter
  • Technology, Institutions, and Economic Growth – Richard Nelson
  • Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance – Douglass North
  • Structure and Change in Economic History – Douglass North
  • Understanding the Process of Economic Change – Douglass North
  • Computational Models in Political Economy – Ken Kollman, John Miller & Scott Page
  • Innovation, Evolution, and Complexity Theory – Koen Frenken

Evolution and Complexity

  • Dynamics of Complex Systems – Yaneer Bar-Yam
  • Complex Adaptive Systems – John Miller & Scott Page
  • Diversity and Complexity – Scott Page
  • The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations – Andreas Wagner
  • Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems – Andreas Wagner
  • The Origins of Order – Stuart Kauffman
  • Investigations – Stuart A. Kauffman
  • Darwin’s Dangerous Idea – Daniel Dennett
  • Evolutionary Dynamics – Martin Nowak
  • Supercooperators – Martin Nowak & Roger Highfield
  • From Being to Becoming – Ilya Prigogine
  • The End of Certainty – Ilya Prigogine
  • Order Out of Chaos – Ilya Prigogine
  • The Entropy Law and the Economic Process – Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
  • Information and the Nature of Reality – Paul Davies
  • The Beginning of Infinity – David Deutsch
  • The Fabric of Reality – David Deutsch

Epistemology

  • The Open Society and Its Enemies – Karl Popper
  • The Poverty of Historicism – Karl Popper
  • Objective Knowledge – Karl Popper
  • The Logic of Scientific Discovery – Karl Popper
  • Conjectures and Refutations – Karl Popper
  • Against Method – Paul Feyerabend
  • Epistemics and Economics – G.L.S. Shackle
  • Decision Order and Time in Human Affairs – G.L.S. Shackle
  • Expectations and the Meaning of Institutions – Ludwig Lachmann
  • Rationality in Economics – Vernon Smith
  • Rationalism in Politics – Michael Oakeshott
  • The Fatal Conceit – F.A. Hayek
  • Individualism and Economic Order – F.A. Hayek

Consitutional Economics and Public Choice

  • The Constitution of Liberty – F.A. Hayek
  • Law, Legislation and Liberty – F.A. Hayek
  • The Calculus of Consent – James Buchanan & Gordon Tullock
  • The Reason of Rules – James Buchanan & Geoffrey Brennan
  • The Limits of Liberty – James Buchanan
  • Democracy in Deficit – James Buchanan
  • The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty – James Buchanan
  • Choice, Contract, and Constitutions – James Buchanan
  • Fiscal Sociology and the Theory of Public Finance – Richard Wagner
  • Deficits, Debt and Democracy – Richard Wagner

Commons, Polycentricity, and Decentralisation

  • Governing the Commons – Elinor Ostrom
  • Understanding Institutional Diversity – Elinor Ostrom
  • Understanding Knowledge as a Commons – Charlotte Hess
  • The Wealth of Networks – Yochai Benkler
  • The Penguin and the Leviathan – Yochai Benkler
  • Polycentricity and Local Public Economies – Michael Dean McGinnis
  • Polycentric Governance and Development – Michael Dean McGinnis
  • Polycentric Games and Institutions – Michael Dean McGinnis
  • The Voluntary City – David Beito, Peter Gordon & Alexander Tabarrok
  • Robust Political Economy – Mark Pennington
  • The Robust Federation – Jenna Bednar
  • Parallel Systems – Jonathan Bendor
  • Unchecked and Unbalanced – Arnold Kling
  • The New Democratic Federalism for Europe – Bruno Frey & Reiner Eichenberger
  • Multi-Level Governance and European Integration – Liesbet Hooghe & Gary Marks
  • Beyond Sovereignty – David J. Elkins
  • Design Rules – Carliss Baldwin & Kim Clark
  • The Architecture of Government – Daniel Treisman
  • Exit, Voice, and Loyalty – Albert Hirschman

Complexity and Collapse

  • The Logic of Collective Action – Mancur Olson
  • Power and Prosperity – Mancur Olson
  • The Rise and Decline of Nations – Mancur Olson
  • Demosclerosis – Jonathan Rauch
  • Small Is Beautiful – E.F. Schumacher
  • A Guide for the Perplexed – E.F. Schumacher
  • The Overdeveloped Nations – Leopold Kohr
  • The Breakdown of Nations – Leopold Kohr
  • The Collapse of Complex Societies – Joseph Tainter
  • The Upside of Down – Thomas Homer-Dixon
  • Overcentralization in Economic Systems – János Kornai
  • The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Antifragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • This Time Is Different – Carmen Reinhart & Kenneth Rogoff
  • Why Nations Fail – Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson
  • Empire – Niall Ferguson
  • Colossus – Niall Ferguson
  • Civilization – Niall Ferguson
  • The Great Degeneration – Niall Ferguson
  • Political Order in Changing Societies – Samuel Huntington
  • The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order – Samuel Huntington
  • The Origins of Political Order – Francis Fukuyama

Culture

  • The Liberal Archipelago – Chandran Kukathas
  • Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights – Will Kymlicka
  • States, Nations and Cultures – Will Kymlicka
  • The Question of Nationalities and Social Democracy – Otto Bauer
  • National-Cultural Autonomy and Its Contemporary Critics – Ephraim Nimni
  • Multicultural Nationalism – Ephraim Nimni

Anarchism

  • Anarchy, State and Utopia – Robert Nozick
  • The Machinery of Freedom – David Friedman
  • The Art of Not Being Governed – James Scott
  • Seeing Like a State – James Scott
  • Two Cheers for Anarchism – James Scott
  • The Politics of Postanarchism – Saul Newman
  • Post-Anarchism – Duane Rousselle & Süreyyya Evren
  • Postmodern Anarchism – Lewis Call

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