Thursday, 1 January 2015

Books to look forward to in 2015

Andrew Fisher, author of The Failed Experiment ... and how to build an economy that works (published in 2014) selects the new books he's looking forward to in 2015

The Cost of Living Crisis: Time to End Economic Injustice, by Michael Calderbank 
(published by Comerford & Miller in February 2015)
One of the big issues of the past couple of years has been the driving down of wages and incomes more widely, and the focus on growing inequality. So this is a timely book published in advance of an election which Labour is keen to frame as the 'cost of living crisis' election. With Michael you are always guaranteed well-researched data to back up bold arguments - so I look forward to reading it.

n.b. Michael is being published by Comerford & Miller under the Radical Read imprint, as was my book last year

Migration: Economic Change, Social Change, by Christian Dustmann
(published by Oxford University Press in May 2015)
This has been one of the biggest political issues of recent times, and will be a huge issue in the 2015 general election. Unlike that debate, this book will be based on fact and rational discourse. Dustmann edits together essays by respected academic researchers on the social and economic impacts of migration. You may not have heard of Professor Dustmann but the research he has led at CReAM will hopefully be familiar to you: finding that migrants have made a net contributionn of £25 billion to the UK in recent years. The UK political debate on migration is platitudinous at best, and bigoted at worst, this book promises to be antidote ...

Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future, by Paul Mason
(published by Penguin in Spring 2015)
Channel 4 News' economics editor, Paul Mason is one of the few genunine intellectuals as well as a great reporter. Expect this book to be a genuinely thought-provoking and challenging read for the left - drawing, no doubt, on Paul's experiences reporting on new left movements like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain - but looking, more importantly, looking at the technological and cultural impulses that are driving us towards Postcapitalism.
Watch video of Paul Mason presenting some of his ideas

The Joy of Tax, by Richard Murphy
(published by Transworld in March 2015)
Richard has been threatening to write this book for some years and I cannot wait to read it. Murphy really cannot be praised enough for basically being one of the founding fathers of tax justice (alongside others like John Christensen). Richard's previous book - The Courageous State - was a strong defence of the emancipating power of the state. Expect this to be an equally compelling and forceful case for that most vital element underpinning any vision of the good state: tax.

The Essential Keynes, by Robert Skidelsky
(published by Penguin in April 2015)
Although not a Keynesian, I admit to sharing the frustration of those who are at the frequent misrepresentations of Keynes' theories - from both left and right. So what better way to connect with the real Keynes than a collected works put together by Keynesian Lord Skidelsky, who writes an introduction. It also features previously unpublished pieces. An essential purchase for anyone who wants to understand arguably the most influential economist of the twentieth century.

What other books are you looking forward to reading in 2015? Tell us in the comments section. See also our LEAP Books of 2014 for the best books published last year

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