Jacob Hacker Reviews Thomas Piketty’s Book

Along with two other academics who focus on economic inequality, Jacob Hacker and co-author Paul Pierson review French economist Thomas Piketty’s book on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century for the American Prospect.

In their section, “A Tocqueville for Today,” Hacker and Pierson write of Piketty as ”an heir to Tocqueville’s tradition of analytic history, Piketty has a message that could not be more different: Unless we act, inequality will grow much worse, eventually making a mockery of our democratic institutions.”

The other sections of the three-part review are written by Heather Bushey, “Against U.S. Economic Cliches,” and Branko Milanovic, “Must We Return to Pre-tamed’ Capitalism.”

Read the complete review here.

Area of study 
Poverty & Inequality