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Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left

Gareth Dale


Karl Polanyi (1886–1964) was one of the twentieth century’s most original interpreters of the market economy. His penetrating analysis of globalization’s disruptions and the Great Depression’s underlying causes still serves as an effective counterargument to free market fundamentalism. This biography shows how the major personal and historical events of his life transformed him from a bourgeois radical into a Christian socialist but also informed his ambivalent stance on social democracy, communism, the New Deal, and the shifting intellectual scene of postwar America. The book begins with Pola ... More

Keywords: Karl Polanyi, market economy, Christian socialism, social democracy, Habsburg Empire, Red Vienna

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231176088
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231176088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gareth Dale, author
Brunel University