Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World

Hardcover | January 17, 2011

byGrzegorz KolodkoTranslated byWilliam R Brand

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Grzegorz W. Kolodko, one of the world's leading authorities on economics and development policy and a key architect of Poland's successful economic reforms, applies his far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a framework for understanding our global situation that transcends any single discipline or paradigm.

Deploying a novel mix of scientific evaluation and personal observation, Kolodko begins with a brief discussion of misinformation and its perpetuation in economics and politics. He criticizes the simplification of complex economic and social issues and investigates the link between developments in the global economy and cultural change, scientific discoveries, and political fluctuations. Underscoring the necessity of conceptual and theoretical innovation in understanding our global economic situation, Kolodko offers a provocative study of globalization and the possibility of coming out ahead in an era of worldwide interdependence. Deeply critical of neoliberalism, which sought to transfer economic control exclusively to the private sector, Kolodko explores the virtues of social-economic development and the new rules of the economic game. He concludes with a look at our near and distant future, questioning whether we have a say in its making.

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Grzegorz W. Kolodko, one of the world's leading authorities on economics and development policy and a key architect of Poland's successful economic reforms, applies his far-reaching knowledge to the past and future of the world economy, introducing a framework for understanding our global situation that transcends any single disciplin...

Grzegorz W. Kolodko was Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance from 1994 to 1997 and from 2002 to 2003. He is now a professor of political economy at Kozminski University in Warsaw and has authored nearly forty books.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pagesPublished:January 17, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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The Navigator1: The World, by Words2: How Things Happen: Economic Processes-What Science, by Policy3: A Brief History of the World and What We Can Learn from It: Why Some Countries Are Wealthy and Others Poor, by and Whether It Must Always Be So4: Globalization-and Then What? Where Globalization Originated and How to Come Out Ahead in the Era of Worldwide Interdependence5: The World As It Is: How People Are Coping in Various Corners of a Changing World6: The Withering of Neoliberalism and Its Tattered Legacy: Why a Harmful Concept Rose to Temporary Ascendancy in Half the World and What to Do about It7: What Development Is and What It Depends On: Where Socioeconomic Development Comes from and How It Can Make Us Happy8: Stagnation and Development-Institutions, by Policy9: The Coincidence Theory of Development and the New Pragmatism: What Output Growth and Economic Development Depend On and How to Make Them Better10: The Uncertain Future: What Awaits Us in the Near and Distant Future, by and What Say We Have in ItA LetterIndex

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...an extraordinarily wide-ranging and thought-provoking book.