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

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Is There a Future for a Labour Accord in South Africa?
Introduction Over the last 20 years, South Africa's economy has performed poorly in relation to the East Asian 'tiger' economies and itself in the 1960s and 1970s. Low gold and mineral prices, financial and trade sanctions in the late 1980s, and...
Manufacturing Scarcity: Food Biotechnology and the Life Sciences Industry
The rise of Monsanto As one of the leading biotechnology firms whose genetically altered seeds accounted for 94 per cent of the global transgenic crop area in 2000 (RAFI 2001b), Monsanto is in many people's minds the most formidable commercial incarnation...
'New Labour', Welfare Reform and the Reserve Army of Labour. (Behind the News)
Introduction 'New Labour's' 2001 Manifesto (Labour Party, 2001) has a whole chapter dedicated to 'A Modern Welfare State'. The chapter outlines the policies it introduced in its first term and pledges for the next term aimed at promoting 'work for...
Progressive Capitalism, Crisis, and Class Struggle: Lessons from Japan's Production Control and Democracy Movements, 1945-47
The apparent global triumph of neoliberal capitalism in the 1980s has been followed by renewed economic instability and anti-capitalist protest. While financial crises savage both economic basket cases (Russia, Mexico) and erstwhile economic 'miracle'...
Teenage Pregnancy: The Government's Dilemma
Introduction. The phenomenon of teenage pregnancy has recently eclipsed lone parenthood as a focus of media and state concern, and of moral outrage. Although these two terms are often used interchangeably in politics and the media, Government policy...
Union Struggle and the Crisis of Industrial Relations in Italy. (Behind the News)
On 23 March 2002 Italian trade unions organised one of the country's biggest ever protests. Around 3,000,000 people demonstrated in Rome against the government's policy of deregulation and the terrorist murder of Marco Biagi--the government labour...
Unlawful Instruments and Goods: Afghanistan, Culture and the Taliban. (Behind the News)
In December 1998, an official notice was placed in a local Herat newspaper in western Afghanistan. It reported that a 'number of unlawful instruments and goods' had been seized by the local authorities and burned. These items included televisions,...
Why Marxist Economics Should Be Taught but Probably Won't Be!
Introduction (1) The crisis in recruitment to economics degrees (perhaps reflecting a wider trend in social sciences, suffering collectively, relative to vocational subjects) in the 1990s led to a raft of literature on how to reverse this trend...
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