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From the acclaimed author of How Will Capitalism End? comes an omnibus of critical engagements with leading economists and thinkers. Critical Encounters draws on Wolfgang Streeck’s inimitable writing for the London Review of Books and New Left Review, among other outlets, and includes pieces originally published in the German press, translated into English for the first time. It opens with a survey of three of the world’s major economies – the US, France, Germany – and two contrasting historical eras, factory capitalism and financialisation. A middle section theorises about the Brexit vote and the future of Europe, and includes a review of Yanis Varoufakis’s memoirs of the Eurozone crisis.
Streeck then delves into the world of ideas, discussing the interests underpinning European monetary union as they impinge on the work of Perry Anderson and Jürgen Habermas. Finally he zooms out to compare his home discipline of sociology with natural history, giving a remarkable and non-deterministic reading of Charles Darwin.