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 No. 64, Spring

Aristocrats, Plebeians and Revolution in England 1640-1660
Pluto Press, London, 1996, pp.128. ISBN 0-7453-0940-2 (hbk) 30.00 ISBN 0-7453-0939-9 (pbk) 9.99 Reviewed by Colin A.M. Duncan 17th century radicalism in England continues to amaze non-historians and also continues to encourage socialists, both its extent...
Capitalism, Industrialisation and Development in Latin America: The Dependency Paradigm Revisited
1 Introduction THE ROOTS OF DEPENDENCY THEORY go back to Marx and Lenin but the notion that there is a fundamental contradiction between capitalist development in the centre and industrialisation and development in the periphery was first expounded by...
Caribbean 2000: No Place in the Sun
T IS ONLY FOUR YEARS since the final resolution of the so-called Uruguay round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), but the machinery that drives the world trade talks, now re-christened as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), is already...
Contemporary Political and Social Philosophy
Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller Jr and Jeffrey Paul (eds.) Contemporary Political and Social Philosophy Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995, pp.240. ISBN 0-521-48399-9 (pbk) Reviewed by Paul Reynolds What is political and social philosophy...
Death of a Princess
THE DEATH OF PRINCESS DIANA in the early hours of the 31 st August 1997 and its aftermath have led to a number of propositions being aired in the Press, two of which are notable. First, it is argued that Princess Diana was in some way a radical/progressive...
Economic Change in Eastern Europe since 1918
Edward Elgar, Aldershot, 1995, pp.236. ISBN 1-85278-819-4 (hbk) 45.00 ISBN 1-85278-823-2 (pbk) Reviewed by Karl Petrick Upon receiving this book, I was unsure if seventy-five years of a region's history could be covered with adequate detail in only 236...
Engels Today: A Centenary Appreciation
Macmillan, London, 1996, xiv+pp.214. ISBN 0-333-63324-5 (hbk) ISBN 0-333-66531-7 (pbk) Reviewed by Ian Fraser The relevance of Engels's intellectual endeavours to contemporary issues and debates is the subject of the eight essays that constitute this...
European Drug Policies and Enforcement / the Offshore Interface. Tax Havens in the Global Economy
The editors of European Drug Policies and Enforcement have managed to assemble fourteen interesting chapters in a consistent and informative collection, despite the fact that the topic they deal with lends itself to heated debate and antagonistic views....
Good Enough Mothering? Feminist Perspectives on Lone Motherhood
Elizabeth B. Silva Good Enough Mothering? Feminist Perspectives on Lone Motherhood Routledge, London. ISBN0-415-12889-7 (hbk) L45.00 ISBN 0-415-12890-0 (pbk) L13.99 Reviewed by Karen Atkinson In a decade which has placed 'mothers' under close public...
'Happy Families?': Single Mothers, the Press and the Politicians
FOR THOSE OF US who have been following how lone parents are represented in media and political debates over the last few years, the shift was all too apparent. By Spring 1997, the political scapegoating of single mothers as being responsible for tearing...
Irrational Choice? on Freedom, Coercion and the Labour Contract
While recognizing the new freedoms' of the labour contract, Marx and Marxist historians and theorists have emphasized its coercive origins and implications. In contrast, Weber and Simmel are struck by the extent to which rural labourers appear to opt...
Labour Relations in Transition: Wages, Employment and Industrial Conflict in Russia
SCENE SETTING Whatever our different analyses of the class nature of the Soviet Union, there is a widely shared view on the left that the current situation in Russia-the USSR's dominant successor-state-is catastrophic. This catastrophe can be measured...
Neo Liberalism Revised? A Critical Account of World Bank Concepts of Good Governance and Market Friendly Intervention
This article examines recent World Bank reports on the role of the state in the development process, with particular reference to the rise of the East Asian NICs and the crisis of 'governance' in sub-Saharan Africa. The concepts of market friendly intervention...
On the Origins of Classical Economics: Distribution and Value from William Petty to Adam Smith
On the Origins of Classical Economics: Distribution and Value from William Petty to Adam Smith Routledge, London & New York, 1996, xiv+pp.222. ISBN 0-415-12878-1 (hbk)40.00 The book, consisting of 10 chapters, proposes to provide 'an account of the...
Regaining Marxism
Macmillan, London, pp.393. ISBN 0-333-65444-7 (hbk) 45.00 ISBN 0-333-65455-2 (pbk) Reviewed by Alfredo Saad Filho This is an extremely ambitious work, and an invitation for a major intellectual journey. Post's objective is to study some of the most basic...
Resisting the Rise of Non-Unionism: The Case of the Press Workers in the Newspaper Industry
This article considers the experience of press workers in the newspaper industry in Britain to examine how workers can rebuild their collective organisations to resist and supplant the increasing prevalence of nonunionism. Taking the press workers at...
Restructuring Krakow. Desperately Seeking Capitalism
Mansell, London, 1996, pp.285. ISBN 0-7201-2231-7 (hbk)50.00 Reviewed by Jude Howell This book sets out to provide a Marxist critique of the process of transformation in Poland, taking the city of Krakow as a casestudy. In doing so it challenges orthodox...
Socialism on Contemporary Australia
Longman, Melbourne, pp.208. ISBN 0582-80819-7 Reviewed by Thomas Murakami In Australia, like many other countries, the radical-right with their ideology of economic 'rationalism' has, at least in the `published opinion', won the day. The simple belief...
Social Theory and the Environment
Polity, Cambridge, 1996, pp.247. ISBN 0-7456-1326-8 (hbk) 45.00 ISBN 0-7456-1328-4 (pbk) 14.95 Reviewed by Gerard Strange David Goldblatt's book is a welcome and scholarly contribution to a growing socialist literature in what may broadly be termed political...
Spatial Formations
Sage, London, 1996. ISBN 0-8039-8545-2 (hbk) 45.00 ISBN 0-8039-8546-0 (pbk) 14.95 Reviewed by Lutz Luithlen This book leads into new and `strange country'. It is about space and time and the way we continually reconstruct reality through communicative...
The PFI Miracle
What crisis? In a recent article Clarke (1990) argued that the global crisis of capitalism was finding expression through a political crisis of the interventionist state, necessitating a restructuring of the state and, at the same time, of class relations....
Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places
Blackwell, Oxford, 1996, pp.334. ISBN 1-55786-674-0 (hbk)55.00 ISBN 1-55786-675-9 (pbk) 14.99 Reviewed by Rob Atkinson The primary aim of Ed Soja's collection of essays is to encourage a rethinking of the way in which we conceive space and spatiality;...

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