Why this book?
Polanyi’s book is a classic treatment of the relationship between economics (or the economy) and the legal and political frameworks that allow it to work. Historically informed and well documented, Polanyi makes the argument that market capitalism (without any intervention and regulation) not only does not work as smoothly as expected, but causes hardships for a great many participants.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the "great transformation" of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market capitalism. New introductory material reveals the renewed importance of Polanyi's seminal analysis in an era of globalization and free trade.