Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Human Agency and Behavioral Economics

This Palgrave Pivot offers comprehensive evidence about what people actually think of “nudge” policies designed to steer decision makers’ choices in positive directions. The data reveal that people in diverse nations generally favor nudges by strong majorities, with a preference … Continue reading

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Handbook of Behavioural Economics and Smart Decision-Making

This Handbook is a unique and original contribution of over thirty chapters on behavioural economics, examining and addressing an important stream of research where the starting assumption is that decision-makers are for the most part relatively smart or rational. This … Continue reading

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How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases?

But the richest precedent for behavioural economics is in the works of ancient Greek philosophers. Almost 2,500 years before the current vogue for behavioural economics, Plato was identifying and seeking to understand the predictable irrationalities of the human mind. He … Continue reading

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The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves

Our popular economic wisdom says that capitalism equals freedom and free societies, right? Well, if you ever suspected that the logic is full of shit, then I’d recommend checking a book called The Invention of Capitalism, written by an economic … Continue reading

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Insane Inequality

Income inequality continues to grow in the United States—which represents the very definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. According to recent data by Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman, from … Continue reading

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Right-Wing Extremism 2.0 – Racism, Nationalism and Right-Wing Extremism Online

We live in times, where politics to a certain extent takes place online and on social media. Every political campaign today makes use of at least Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In the new study “Racism, Nationalism and Right-Wing Extremism Online: … Continue reading

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The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class

This study investigates the process of capitalist class formation in the North Atlantic area in the period between the launch of Woodrow Wilson’s ‘Crusade for Democracy’ in 1917 and the world economic crisis of 1974-75. The crisis, from which capitalism … Continue reading

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Deregulation, austerity and the polarization of the labour markets

The apprehension of this political and social reality is decisive in the attempt to reformulate the economics curriculum in order to include a deep reflection on current labor challenges that could take into account the changing employment relationship.  Students must be … Continue reading

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The Empirical Evidence Against Neoclassical Utility Theory: A Review of the Literature,

Current Economics Textbooks and Economists justify a theory of consumer behavior based on utility maximization on a priori grounds. This methodology follows Lionel Robbins’ idea that economic theory is based on logical deduction from postulates which are ‘simple and indisputable … Continue reading

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The Methodology of Polanyi’s Great Transformation

Polanyi’s book on The Great Transformation provides an analysis of the emergence and significance of capitalist economic structures which differs radically from those currently universally taught in economic textbooks. This analysis is based on a methodological approach which is also … Continue reading

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