Book cover of Thinking like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy by Elizabeth Popp Bermanby Elizabeth Popp Berman

The story of how economic reasoning came to dominate Washington between the 1960s and 1980s—and why it continues to constrain progressive ambitions today

For decades, Democratic politicians have frustrated progressives by tinkering around the margins of policy while shying away from truly ambitious change. What happened to bold political vision on the left, and what shrunk the very horizons of possibility? In Thinking like an Economist, Elizabeth Popp Berman tells the story of how a distinctive way of thinking—an “economic style of reasoning”—became dominant in Washington between the 1960s and the 1980s and how it continues to dramatically narrow debates over public policy today.

Interview with the Author

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How thinking like economists holds us back (with Elizabeth Popp Berman)
6/7/22            33 min

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Elizabeth Popp Berman: Why Thinking Like an Economist Might Be a Form of Madness
4/11/22            40 min

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#138 – Complaceny and Efficiency of the Economic Style: A Dialogue with Elizabeth Popp Berman
5/19/22         5/19/22 

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