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Karl Polanyi

1886 - 1964

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Karl Paul Polanyi (; Hungarian: Polányi Károly [ˈpolaːɲi ˈkaːroj]; 25 October 1886 – 23 April 1964), was an Austro-Hungarian economic anthropologist and politician, best known for his book The Great Transformation, which questions the conceptual validity of self-regulating markets.In his writings, Polanyi advances the concept of the Double Movement, which refers to the dialectical process of marketization and push for social protection against that marketization. He argues that market-based societies in modern Europe were not inevitable but historically contingent. Polanyi is remembered best as the originator of substantivism, a cultural version of economics, which emphasizes the way economies are embedded in society and culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Polanyi has received more than 833,461 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Karl Polanyi is the 36th most popular economist (down from 34th in 2019), the 115th most popular biography from Austria (down from 112th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Austrian Economist.

Karl Polanyi is most famous for his book The Great Transformation, which discusses the transformation of an economy from a market economy to a market society.

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Among economists, Karl Polanyi ranks 36 out of 315Before him are Barack Obama Sr., Klaus Schwab, Alexander Hamilton, Ronald Coase, Gunnar Myrdal, and Léon Walras. After him are Benjamin Graham, Elinor Ostrom, Wassily Leontief, Ragnar Frisch, Thorstein Veblen, and Friedrich List.

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Among people born in 1886, Karl Polanyi ranks 14Before him are Béla Kun, Jean Arp, Marc Bloch, Manne Siegbahn, Karl Barth, and Ernst Thälmann. After him are René Guénon, Gerda Wegener, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl von Frisch, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, and Gotthard Heinrici. Among people deceased in 1964, Karl Polanyi ranks 13Before him are Norbert Wiener, James Franck, Alma Mahler, Gerhard Domagk, Victor Francis Hess, and Vasily Grossman. After him are Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Leo Szilard, Gerrit Rietveld, Giorgio Morandi, Palmiro Togliatti, and Alexandre Koyré.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Karl Polanyi ranks 115 out of 1,237Before him are Victor Francis Hess (1883), Paul Feyerabend (1924), Saint Florian (250), Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria (1746), Józef Poniatowski (1763), and Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (1743). After him are Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria (1339), Fritz Pregl (1869), Otto of Greece (1815), Karl von Frisch (1886), Josef Breuer (1842), and Amon Göth (1908).

Among ECONOMISTS In Austria

Among economists born in Austria, Karl Polanyi ranks 2Before him are Friedrich Hayek (1899). After him are Friedrich von Wieser (1851), Rudolf Hilferding (1877), Fritz Machlup (1902), and Bruno de Finetti (1906).