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Foundations of Economic Prosperity

Written by: Daniel W. Drezner,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Daniel W. Drezner
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Prosperity has transformed the world. But the story of prosperity is far from simple-or complete. These 24 lectures give you an unrivaled overview of one of the most pressing issues of our day and take you behind the headlines and into the debates to dispel some common myths about prosperity and get at deeper truths.

In this stimulating, wide-ranging course, Professor Drezner shows that achieving prosperity involves more than economics. Psychology, sociology, political science, and history also come into play. By taking this broad view, he leads you to fundamental insights about how the modern world works and an understanding of the functioning of the U.S., European, Chinese, and other major economies, as well as an appreciation for the special problems faced by underdeveloped nations.

These lectures introduce you to dozens of case histories that illustrate what works and doesn't work in the drive to increase economic growth. A superb storyteller, Professor Drezner reaches back to examples such as the policy called mercantilism that trapped European powers in growth-killing trade practices from the 16th to 18th centuries. And he anchors his analysis in the present with discussions of globalization, financial bubbles, and other economic phenomena in the news.As a start on your own road to greater prosperity, educate yourself with this unparalleled explanation of the foundations of economic prosperity.

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Great for leftists interested in understanding the

Very enjoyable listen despite gaping holes in analysis. Drezner often presents arguments as uncontroversial that are in fact hotly contested. The consensuses he presents are in fact only consensuses amongst right wing econometric economists. Also, his forreys into historical analysis get silly. He repeatedly draws conclusions about what historical events mean that are unsupported or gross distortions. Overall, his biggest problem is that he presents the issues as though there are only minor disagreements over nuance between experts, but that essentially everyone agrees that right wing neoliberal finance capitalism is best for everyone. Total clap trap.

Still, if you listen with this in mind, it's a very informative, thorough and well thought out lecture series. He is a clever chap. And his analysis is at least empirical and serious, unlike the cartoonishly facile nonsense of other economists in his camp.

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Well informing

Great and well informing book.
It gives you a view of individual country and global economy with plenty of related examples about countries USA Japan Germany China India etc. It also tries to give a view of the future…five stars.

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