• Doughnut Economics

  • Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
  • By: Kate Raworth
  • Narrated by: Kate Raworth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-30-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Doughnut Economics written and read by Kate Raworth.
Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year. And its blind spots have led to policies that are degrading the living world on a scale that threatens all of our futures.
Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of 'rational economic man' and explains what really makes us tick. She reveals how an obsession with equilibrium has left economists helpless when facing the boom and bust of the real-world economy. She highlights the dangers of ignoring the role of energy and nature's resources - and the far-reaching implications for economic growth when we take them into account. And in the process, she creates a new, cutting-edge economic model that is fit for the 21st century - one in which a doughnut-shaped compass points the way to human progress.
Ambitious, radical and rigorously argued, Doughnut Economics promises to reframe and redraw the future of economics for a new generation.
Longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2017
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.
©2017 Kate Raworth (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"The John Maynard Keynes of the 21st century." (George Monbiot, The Guardian)
"This is sharp, significant scholarship.... Thrilling." ( Times Higher Education)
"A really important economic and political thinker." (Andrew Marr)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-09-18

awfull

this book keeps focussing on graphics and images, all the while referring to the 'conpanion booklet'. if I had my hands and eyes available I would be reading a paper book. this is like listening to a comic book. absolutely worthless.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Olli Tuomikoski on 01-18-18

Idealistic, provocative and preachy

Listened to it twice just to really get the hang it. Idealistic, provocative and preachy. Will follow the movement, not yet a fan.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr. M. A. Edwards on 07-05-18

compelling arguments but misses one vital issue.

My take on her work is - it's all compelling, its all correct, it all makes sense, it speaks to our better natures and is a wealth of possibilities to see a thriving world for future generations. It's just I don't think it's powerful enough to offset our greed, selfishness, tribalism, neolibralism and xenophobia. Those fears and drivers are just too strong. Much like in iterations of the prisoners dilemma, we all know what we should do, we know we would all be better off, but we still choose the other path. I just don't think we have it in ourselves to enter and stay in the doughnut.

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4 out of 5 stars
By S J Bennett on 05-21-18

Got better as it went along

A good book for understanding what people are proposing to overcome the shortcomings of today’s pervasive economics-based goals and reasoning. I was underwhelmed by the off-hand dismissals of all neoclassical economic thinking in the first half (a convincing treatment of why we need something better would have made it easier to go along with the story of how to go about it) but it improved and became more balanced. My lingering concerns: the focus is almost all on national economies and policies but there is almost nothing about how one country could break free of the growth paradigm without wrecking the value of its currency and its standing in the international economy, especially vis-à-vis multinationals; too much easy optimism drawn from very localised and context-specific case studies like small, isolated tribes and early-stage renewable power projects.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marita on 05-05-18

Makes perfect sense

I couldn't disagree with anything in this book. I've now bought the hard copy. Some bits were read a bit too quick for me to be able to absorb but finally I'm hearing someone speak about economics in a way that makes sense to me. Very refreshing. Clearly laid out, and easy to go back to particular points. A must read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ben on 03-26-18

excellent

quite excellent. refreshing. exciting. solid. gives one hope about a world that seems to be a few degrees off the right direction.

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