GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History

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Yılmaz İ.

Turkish Journal of Islamic Economics (TUJISE), vol.8, no.1, pp.183-187, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Book Review
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.26414/br196
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Islamic Economics (TUJISE)
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.183-187


Published by the Princeton University Press in 2014, this book ‘GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History’ written by Diane Coyle is a seminal work that helps understand how GDP has played a pivotal role throughout the last century in reorganizing the global economic and political relations. Cognizant of the multidimensional implications of taking GDP as the sole measure of development, the author broadens readers’ horizon on the idea of growth, development and social welfare. The book gains its authenticity not only by providing a consciousness on the discursive power of GDP, but also through historicising the GDP with its subjective and context dependent nature against universalising GDP as the ultimate measure of social welfare.