Reading Karl Polanyi for the Twenty-First Century

Market Economy as a Political Project

  • Ayşe Buğra
  • Kaan Ağartan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ayşe Buğra
      Pages 1-10
  3. Reflections on Disembeddedness: Welfare State and Beyond

  4. Commodity Fiction in Contemporary Market Economies (1): Work Today

  5. Commodity Fiction in Contemporary Market Economies (2): Knowledge Today

  6. Patterns of Resistance and Adaptation

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-267

About this book


Using Karl Polanyi's analysis of the separation of politics and the economy, the book argues that the market economy is not a spontaneous process, but a 'political project' realized through institutional change where labour, land, money, and currently knowledge are commodities. The contributions explore the impact of this commodification process.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ayşe Buğra
    • 1
  • Kaan Ağartan
    • 2
  1. 1.IstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.BinghamtonUSA

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