© 1986

The Economic Thought of Karl Polanyi

Lives and Livelihood

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. J. R. Stanfield
    Pages 1-25
  3. J. R. Stanfield
    Pages 26-53
  4. J. R. Stanfield
    Pages 54-92
  5. J. R. Stanfield
    Pages 93-124
  6. J. R. Stanfield
    Pages 125-150
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 151-162

About this book


The democratic industrial societies face a deeply-rooted institutional crisis. The accepted ways and means of living lead to frustration and anxiety rather than creativity and joy. The roots of this crisis are political and economic. These societies contain economies that pervert and obstruct the human life process and polities that are subordinate to economic vested interests. Karl Polanyi was a Hungarian emigr�ho witnessed first hand the cataclysms to which this political economic crisis can lead. He created a powerful social economic theory to analyze this institutional impasse and lay the foundation for social reconstruction. This book reviews Polanyi's life and work, his contributions to the methodology of economics, his concepts of social integration, his theory of market capitalism, and his view of freedom in complex industrial societies.


capitalism creativity economic theory economics foundation integration interest

About the authors

J.R. Stanfield is Professor of Economics at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He earned his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma after taking earlier degrees at the University of Texas, Arlington. He is active in the Association for Social Economics, the Association for Evolutionary Economics, and the Democratic Socialists of America. He has published widely in professional journals and is the author of The Economic Surplus and Neo-Marxism and Economic Thought and Social Change.

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