Part I Classical theories of capitalism 5
1 Smith, Marx and Weber 7
2 Schumpeter and Keynes 36
3 The basic elements of capitalism 52
Part II The institutions 63
4 Money 65
5 Market exchange 92
6 The enterprise 119
7 Capital and financial markets 147
8 The state 175
9 Conclusions 204
Postscript: the financial crisis and its aftermath 227
LSE Politics Blog
"A must-read for both sociologists and economists - indeed for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the systemic nature of today's global financial crisis."
"One of the best introductions to the economics of capitalism I've read in a long time. Well argued, researched and referenced throughout, it is often a sheer pleasure to read."
"A highly accessible and enjoyable introductory text to the all-pervasive economic system in the modern era."
Political Studies Review
"A good introduction to the basic structure of the capitalist model."
"An impressively broad, but also theoretically detailed and empirically well-illustrated, exploration of how capitalism works and develops today. By reading Ingham's comprehensive book, our students will surely become more knowledgeable and probably also better sociologists."
"Not just an excellent summary of key themes and literatures on capitalism, but also a highly instructive first approach to the contemporary issue of all issues, the global financial crisis."
Wolfgang Streeck, Socio-economic Review
"In this meticulous and superbly crafted book Geoff Ingham dissects the nature of capitalism as a complex economic order in which money plays a central role. In developing his rich account he draws upon a remarkable range of theorists and examples which will make the book essential reading to students not only of sociology but throughout the social sciences."
Mike Savage, University of Manchester
"As an economic system, capitalism forms the basis for western society and for sociological understandings of society. Here, Ingham provides a useful summary of the key institutional elements of a capitalist economy, and an insightful discussion of the key theorists of capitalism. Many will appreciate his ability to cover so much material so ably."
Bruce Carruthers, Northwestern University
Geoffrey Ingham is one of the two or three leading economic sociologists in the UK and is very well-known internationally
Offers a succinct analysis of capitalism’s basic institutions and their interconnections
Includes critical discussion of the ‘dot.com’ bubble of the late 1990s; the collapse of Enron and other US corporations; and the rise of ‘private equity’ finance
Concise, masterly and up-to-date account of the world’s most powerful economic system that is accessible to students and general readers