Capital & Class

A scholarly journal devoted to the analysis of global capitalism in the Marxist tradition. Coverage includes the labor, trade union and other radical movements, such as anti-racism, environmentalism and feminism. Content includes feature and survey articl

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, June

Adjusting 'Our Notions of the Nature of the State': A Political Reading of Ireland's Child Protection Crisis
Introduction The economic crisis that has engulfed the Republic of Ireland is inseparable from a wider international crisis (Callinicos, 2010). However, the response by the Irish government was to prove particularly disastrous. When Lehman Brothers...
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A General Motors Works Council's Response to the Capitalist Global Financial Crisis: A Case Study from Germany
Introduction: A short overview of IR at GM-Opel, and varieties of capitalism Unlike Anglo-Saxon industrial relations (IR) that reflect a 'liberal market economy' (LME), German IR has been closer to a 'coordinated market economy' (Hall and Soskice,...
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Alexander Gallas, Lars Bretthauer, John Kannankulam and Ingo Stutzle (Eds): Reading Poulantzas
Alexander Gallas, Lars Bretthauer, John Kannankulam and Ingo Stutzle (eds) Reading Poulantzas, Merlin Press: London, 2011, 292 pp: 9780850366471, 19.95 [pounds sterling] (pbk) Ever heard the joke about the structuralist and the voluntarist? Perhaps...
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Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in the Global Age
Geoffrey Pleyers Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in the Global Age, with a foreword by Alain Touraine. Polity Press: London, 2010, 272 pp: 9780745646763 £16.99 (pbk)The alternative globalisation movement has long lost its once impressive media exposure,...
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Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho: Marx's Capital
Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho Marx's Capital, 5th edition, Pluto Press: London, 2010, 208 pp: 9780745330167 11.50 [pounds sterling] (pbk) The works of Karl Marx have been presented and popularised in different ways since the end of the 19th century....
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Books Available for Review
If you would like to review any of the books listed below, please contact the book reviews editor, Adam D. Morton, by email: Adam.Morton@nottingham.ac.uk Atzeni M (2010) Workplace Conflict: Mobilisation and Solidarity in Argentina. London: Palgrave....
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Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour
Dae-oup Chang Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State, Routledge: London, 2009, 198 pp: 0415459400, £85 (hbk)Studies on the political economy of development in the 'third world' have long been dominated...
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Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune: Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement
Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement, Zed Books: London, 2010, 269 pp: 9781848133945 65 [pounds sterling] (hbk); 9781848133952 12.99 [pounds sterling] (pbk); 9781848133969 (ebk) Although I have identified...
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Dae-Oup Chang: Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State
Dae-oup Chang Capitalist Development in Korea: Labour, Capital and the Myth of the Developmental State, Routledge: London, 2009, 198 pp: 0415459400, 85 [pounds sterling] (hbk) Studies on the political economy of development in the 'third world'...
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Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism
Jim Stanford Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism, Pluto Press: London, 2008, 360 pp: 9780745327501 £12.99 (pbk)Jim Stanford's Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism is a wonderful book. Clearly...
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Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression
Jack Rasmus Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression, Pluto: London, 2010, 340 pp: 9780745329997, £22.50 (pbk); 9780745329994, £67.50 (hbk)Jack Rasmus's book is not just another chronological account of the current economic crisis or a simplistic...
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Explaining the Crisis
Richard D. Wolff Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It, Interlink Publishing: Northampton, MA, 2009, 272 pp: 9781566567848 16.99 [pounds sterling] (pbk) Paul Mattick Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis...
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Geoffrey Pleyers: Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in the Global Age
Geoffrey Pleyers Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in the Global Age, with a foreword by Alain Touraine. Polity Press: London, 2010, 272 pp: 9780745646763 16.99 [pounds sterling] (pbk) The alternative globalisation movement has long lost its...
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Harry Shutt: The Trouble with Capitalism
Harry Shutt The Trouble With Capitalism, Zed Books: London, 2009, 237 pp: 9781848134225 14.99 [pounds sterling] (pbk) In this contribution to the critical financial histories of our times, Harry Shutt explains why he thinks the current crisis may...
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Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy
Ross Perlin Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy, Verso: London, 2011, xviii + 258 pp: 9781844676866 £14.99 (hbk)Reviewed by Tom BrassReaders of this journal need no convincing as to just how 'feral' neoliberalism...
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Jack Rasmus: Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression
Jack Rasmus Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression, Pluto: London, 2010, 340 pp: 9780745329997, 22.50 [pounds sterling] (pbk); 9780745329994, 67.50 [pounds sterling] (hbk) Jack Rasmus's book is not just another chronological account of the...
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Jane Hardy: Poland's New Capitalism
Jane Hardy Poland's New Capitalism, Pluto Press: London, 2009, 258 pp: 9780745324579, 60 [pounds sterling] (hbk); 9780745324562 17.09 [pounds sterling] (pbk) In a crisis-stricken world, the mainstream media continues to set Poland up as an example...
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Jim Stanford: Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism
Jim Stanford Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism, Pluto Press: London, 2008, 360 pp: 9780745327501 12.99 [pounds sterling] (pbk) Jim Stanford's Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism...
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Laws and Tendencies in Marxist Political Economy
Introduction It is well known that Marx conceives of laws in terms of tendencies. In discussing the tendency for profit rates to equalise, for example, he suggests that this equalisation be 'viewed as a tendency like all other economic laws' (Marx,...
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Marx's Capital
Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho Marx's Capital, 5th edition, Pluto Press: London, 2010, 208 pp: 9780745330167 £11.50 (pbk)The works of Karl Marx have been presented and popularised in different ways since the end of the 19th century. This book, Marx's...
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'Personalised Conditionality': Observations on Active Proletarianisation in Late Modern Britain
Introduction This paper is concerned with the idea of 'personalised conditionality', part of social security policy that it has been argued seeks to ensure that what is demanded of workless working-age claimants in attempting to secure paid employment...
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'Plan B': A New Alternative Economic Strategy?
Introduction The crisis that has engulfed us since 2008 has certainly given new confidence to the left and centre-left in challenging the neoliberal orthodoxy. Given New Labour's wholehearted commitment to that orthodoxy, the present Labour leadership...
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Poland's New Capitalism
Jane Hardy Poland's New Capitalism, Pluto Press: London, 2009, 258 pp: 9780745324579, £60 (hbk); 9780745324562 £17.09 (pbk)Reviewed by Karol P. WilczewskiIn a crisis-stricken world, the mainstream media continues to set Poland up as an example of a successful...
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Reading Poulantzas
Alexander Gallas, Lars Bretthauer, John Kannankulam and Ingo Stützle (eds) Reading Poulantzas, Merlin Press: London, 2011, 292 pp: 9780850366471, £19.95 (pbk)Ever heard the joke about the structuralist and the voluntarist? Perhaps not, but it is likely...
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Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement
Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement, Zed Books: London, 2010, 269 pp: 9781848133945 £65 (hbk); 9781848133952 £12.99 (pbk); 9781848133969 (ebk)Although I have identified myself as a feminist for a goodly...
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Ross Perlin: Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy
Ross Perlin Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy, Verso: London, 2011, xviii + 258 pp: 9781844676866 14.99 [pounds sterling] (hbk) Readers of this journal need no convincing as to just how 'feral' neoliberalism...
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'Standing the Gaff': Immiseration and Its Consequences in the De-Industrialised Mining Communities of Cape Breton Island
'People suggest that regions collapse, but they don't. It's a long drawn out process that is inevitably downward.' (Senior administrator, CBRM) Introduction In his reaffirmation of Marx's concept of immiseration, Trotsky offered a sociological...
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The Trouble with Capitalism
Harry Shutt The Trouble With Capitalism, Zed Books: London, 2009, 237 pp: 9781848134225 £14.99 (pbk)In this contribution to the critical financial histories of our times, Harry Shutt explains why he thinks the current crisis may be the end for capitalism...
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Translating Passive Revolution in Brazil
Introduction At the turn of the 20th century, there was quite a heated theoretical debate on the nature of the Russian social formation. Narodism defended the uniqueness of Russia and the Slavs, understanding that the people/nation, formed basically...
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