(Editor’s note: This article is published in its entirety with the permission of the author) The limits of naïvety I … Continue reading The anthropology of debt by Keith Hart
After 1971 World economy has reverted since the break-up of the Bretton Woods system of fixed parity exchange rates to … Continue reading The collapse of national capitalism — a Sophoclean tragedy – Part 2 – by Keith Hart
Abstract The global economic crisis is not merely financial, a moment in the historical cycle of credit and debt. The … Continue reading The collapse of national capitalism — a Sophoclean tragedy – Part 1 – by Keith Hart
This analysis is based on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2011-2012. It identifies twelve “pillars” of sustainable … Continue reading South Africa’s two-tier economy (2012-2022) by Keith Hart
(Keynote address for a World Customs Organization/World Bank conference on ‘Informality, international trade and customs’, Brussels, 3-4 June 2013) It … Continue reading Informality and international trade: The case for an African Customs Union Part 2 by Keith Hart
(Keynote address for a World Customs Organization/World Bank conference on ‘Informality, international trade and customs’, Brussels, 3-4 June 2013) It … Continue reading Informality and international trade: The case for an African Customs Union by Keith Hart
KHARTOUM, Sudan—Nothing says diversity like Sudan. Once Africa’s largest country, now divided by neocolonial and neoliberal machinations the U.S. helped … Continue reading Sudan: Its diversity, economics and history by Jehron Muhammad
by Keith Hart Why Study Gypsy Economy? Looking at the contributions to this volume, I would pick out four themes: … Continue reading Gypsy Economy: The Promise and Limitations of Ethnography – Part 3
by Keith Hart Heads or tails? Martin Fotta referred to a lecture of mine on money, “Heads or tails? Two … Continue reading Gypsy Economy: The Promise and Limitations of Ethnography – Part 2
By Keith Hart The Promise and Limits of Ethnography I am usually rather concerned when I observe how unreflectingly my … Continue reading Gypsy Economy: the Promise and Limitations of Ethnography
The demise of national capitalism. To talk of the world economy being “informalized” suggests that there is a global rule-system, … Continue reading How the informal economy took over the World by Keith Hart – Part 3
The dialectics of form. “General Forms have their vitality in Particulars, and every Particular is a Man” (William Blake). Most … Continue reading How the informal economy took over the World – Part 2 by Keith Hart
A la recherche du temps perdu (In search of lost time) The idea of an informal economy was born at … Continue reading How the informal economy took over the world by Keith Hart
IV. The informal economy has taken over the World The idea of an informal economy was born in the 1970s … Continue reading New Preface to Globalization from Below: The World’s Other Economy by Keith Hart
Food in a New Economic Order
What is ‘new’ about neo-liberalism? It is a world economic order based on selective freedom, on the freedom of money to move where it will (but not people, machines, products or information) and on the freedom of strong states to impose their will on the weak.
Book Review: The Rise and Fall of Nations: Ten Rules of Change in the Post-Crisis World by Ruchir Sharma, London: … Continue reading The Struggle for Power by Keith Hart
Most people have already heard of Bitcoin. However, very few know what it is or how it originated. Many people … Continue reading The Bitcoin Controversy
We need to understand better how we build the infrastructures of collective existence, money among them. How do meanings come to be shared and memory to transcend the minutiae of personal experience?
Religion belongs to a set of terms that also includes art and science. Science began as a form of knowledge opposed to religious mysticism, but is now often opposed to the arts.
In the aftermath of Trump’s victory, we would do well to recall Hegel’s maxim that difference-in-sameness moves history. Max Weber … Continue reading Capitalism, revolution and racism in the US and the world-by Keith Hart
It is not necessary to explain the process by which algae through millions of years of geological time and chemical … Continue reading World’s Most Vital Resource
For decades, investors in advanced economies (AEs) have shaped the evolution of global markets. Research shows that advanced economy investors … Continue reading Changing Global Economies