Cheng Enfu & Ding Xiaoqin & Feng Jinhua & Ma Yan

Modern Political Economy

A New Coursebook

59,99 $

A panoramic view of the political economy that comprehensively expounds capitalist and socialist market economy, and creates a “five-process system”. A must-read for economists all over the world to understand Chinese economy and world economy.

59,99 $

People often regard political economy as the “crown” of humanities and social sciences. As a fundamental and backbone subject of the whole economic discipline and humanities and social sciences, political economy has the characteristics of general education in universities and essential knowledge for modern civilized people. This book provides a panoramic view of the Marxist political economy that comprehensively expounds capitalist and socialist market economy. In the light of the system of Marx’s Capital and the six-part system of the political economy (which is supposed to consist of the studies respectively of capital, land ownership, wage labor, state, foreign trade and world markets). For the first time in the international academia, the book creates a “five-process system”. In addition to the introduction and the conclusion, the first part analyzes the direct process of production, the second part analyzes the process of circulation, the third part analyzes the general process of production, the fourth part analyzes the national economic process, and the fifth part analyzes the international economic process. This book abandons the method of narrating the political economy by dividing it into such two parts as capitalist and socialist ones, or by dividing the cross-linked economic systems, economic performance, and economic development into several parts and then, wherein, arranging specific chapters to respectively narrate about the capitalist and socialist methods. Instead, for the first time, this book chooses to expound with the general-specific category analysis method within every chapter. For example, within the chapter of State Monopoly Economy, state monopoly economy in general is firstly explained, then followed by capitalist state monopoly economy and socialist state monopoly economy specifically; for the part dealing with the market economy, the common features of the market economy are firstly stated, and then respectively its capitalist and socialist characteristics are discussed. Besides applying the approaches of historical materialism and materialist dialectics, this book adopts mathematical method, as well as the method of new institutional economics, the game theory, and input-output analysis. This book vigorously absorbs the latest research achievements of the political economy both at home and abroad about capitalism and socialism. For example, its introduction and analysis of such great deal of new theories and terms such as wealth, electronic currency, enterprise form, labor relations, poverty alleviation, the network economy, capital financing, growth model, input and output, transaction cost, economic cycles, financial instruments, incomplete information, resource conservation-oriented society, recycling economy, humanistic index, administrative monopoly, economic security, comparative advantage trap and community with shared interest, demonstrates its merits in theoretical exploration. Our elaboration of such issues as research object and scope, the nature of economics, fairness and efficiency, class and stratum, functions of state-owned economy, advantages of independent intellectual property, economic globalization, national economic security and its countermeasures, economic system and its evolution, demonstrates the novel and unique research of this book, besides, it highlights the academic and stability. Moreover, this coursebook includes information columns with new or typical materials.


Cheng Enfu, director of the Academy of Marxist Philosophy and director of Western Economic Studies Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and the president of the World Association of Political Economy (WAPE). He is editor-in-chief of the journals International Critical Thought and World Review of Political Economics (World Association of Political Economics) published by Routledge and Pluto Press, respectively. His academic expertise is in theoretical economics.


Part One The Process of Direct Production

Chapter 1. Commodities

Chapter 2. Money

Chapter 3. Capital and surplus value

Chapter 4. The accumulation of capital

Part Two The Process of Circulation

Chapter 5. The process of circulation of capital

Chapter 6. The reproduction and circulation of the aggregate social capital

Chapter 7. The market in the operation of aggregate social capital

Part Three The Process of Production as a Whole

Chapter 8. Functional capital and the law of average profit

Chapter 9. Interest-bearing capital and interest

Chapter 10. Monopoly capital and monopoly profit

Chapter 11. Land ownership system and land rent

Chapter 12. Distribution and Consumption of national income

Part Four National Economic Process

Chapter 13. State Microeconomic Regulation

Chapter 14. State macroeconomic regulation

Chapter 15. State monopoly economy

Part Five International Trade and International Finance

Chapter 16. International trade and international finance

Chapter 17. Law of international value of commodity and its function

Chapter 18. Economic globalization and national economic security

Conclusion. The evolution of an economic system


Format: paperback

Publication date: 2023

Page extent: 588

ISBN: 978-605-4923-62-5


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