17th Century writing on social contract, where power is handed to an absolute sovereign in return for some form of protection.
A focus on UK Housing directions to encourage a long look at wealth and inequality, rather than simply building more homes
The central text of Marxian economics, a critique of capitalism from a perspective of the production process. Marx was a self proclaimed non-Marxist.
The main architect behind one of the most influential modern philosophies of our time, in interview this gives a good primer into understanding its emergence, what it is, and where it is heading.
Proponent of sociology as a positivist science, encouraging a school of structural-functionalism thinking, whilst encouraging thought on a collective rather than individual basis – e.g. a ‘collective consciousness’
Modern America needed to be measured to become wealthy. Interesting alternative focus on how this big land sale happened.
Bringing economic theory closer to the reality of societies biggest concerns, and setting the benchmark for scholarly work over the next two centuries.
Intensely detailed outline of the history and evolution of housing policy that has shaped US housing sector.
Laying the foundations in thinking that costs external to the market can be dealt with by better defined property rights
Often converted into books as translated excerpts, the work generated 20th century thinking on cultural hegemony, where cultural formed ideology such as capitalism (and communism) are maintained by the powerful. It’s a matter of perspective.
Sociological and economic realisation that promotion of hard work and discipline in Protestantism coincided with capitalistic conditions.
Thoughtful and practical take on the supply of commercial buildings, that house those managing money to perpetuate wealth.
Almost personalising gentrification in cities as some form of revenge by capital on (non-capital owning) people
Arguing for normative social justice based approaches rather than growth strategies to deal with city problems of inequity, democracy and diversity.
A look into the past and some insightful futurist thinking as to what types of jobs will be left once the digital revolution fully takes hold.
Insightful writing on the global history of land ownership, questioning where we are heading, as well as providing alternatives to an ever increasing individualised private ownership
A contribution to urban theory from the late 1960s on the major determinants of urban growth in the economy.
Late 18th century text that brought to light the relationship between natural resources and human demography.
Bridging philosophy of mind and material, enabling an intellectual and practical take on how space is produced.
It is difficult to ignore this writing at the birth of the industrial revolution. This revolutionised economics as a discipline covering topics such as division of labour productivity and market forces.
The modern touchstone of trends in capital accumulation and inequality of income and wealth. Demonstrating that structures remain but with room for change.
A gathering of examples in a popular format that contributed to the now mainstream field of behavioural economics.
Useful thinking in to how progress is not necessary a linear path. As new ways will create and destroy rather than revolutionise.
Critical study of late 20th century postmodernism in that materialism must have greater attention. The reality of poverty is argued as more material consequence than culturally formed in people’s minds – with this cultural formation ironically a result of faults in the modern system.
Time is an illusion of the mind-ego. Being present and conscious takes us out of the mind and into blissful awareness. Everyone should read this.
Work challenging the notion that common property will fail due to monopolistic tendencies. Examples in the political economy demonstrate that in some circumstances the crowd can self organise.
Part of his wider work on America’s involvement with global politics as invasion. Focussed on a narrative questioning whether this involvement is to purposefully maintain super power status or merely survive.
Opening up economics to better engage with those subjects external to the market such and public goods and the environment. Internalising external costs of climate change has taken this Pigovian tax approach to contemporary thinking.
Wonderful concise explanation of geopolitics being shaped and constrained by geography. Great to step back and see a bigger picture in a time where people are heroes and villains.
Bestseller that takes economics into psychology territory, largely by distinguishing between instinct and thought in making economic decisions
Helpful way to make practical what psychologists made complex. Managing your chimp, human, and computer is all you need to be the best you can be.
A classic that explores why poverty exists against vast wealth. There are also some very simple fiscal solutions that many are still uncomfortable with today
The origin and spread of nationalism could not be any more relevant today – Is it possible have no national identity?
A reminder that economic development needs to be set in relation to freedom and access of opportunity
Such a realisation that the inner voice in your mind isn’t you, and so opens a portal to the unmanifested. You are free.
Useful guide to how we arrived in our current political economy, and possibly how we can fix a broken economic system