Monthly Archives: February 2015

Profits and Terror in Argentina in the 1970s

February 21, 2015

New data on the profitability of Argentina’s largest corporations help explain the origins of its last military dictatorship. During Argentina’s military dictatorship of 1976-1983, up to 30,000 people were killed by the armed forces. Figure 1 provides an indication of why.

Fuel, Feed and the Corporate Restructuring of the Food Regime

February 19, 2015

The agrofuel boom has brought about some of the most significant transformations in the world food system in recent decades. A rich and diverse body of agrarian political economy research has emerged that elucidates the conflicts and redistributional shifts engendered by these transformations. However, less attention has been given to differences within agri-food capital. This … Read More

Differential Taxation: A Convergence of Interests between American Banking and Government

February 13, 2015

Recommended reading by the Transnational Institute (TNI) of Policy Studies: This paper demonstrates that the interests of American banking and government have converged since the early 1980s and relates this trend to modern financial deregulation, revealing a symbiosis that would later influence the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. An examination of corporate profit and taxation … Read More

Ascent of Giants: NAFTA, Corporate Power and the Growing Income Gap

February 12, 2015

There is growing awareness in Canada of how unequal society is becoming. It is probably most obvious in the gap between the compensation of Canada’s highest paid corporate executives and the average worker. The political pressure to do something to close this gap, for example by increasing taxes at the top of the income spectrum, is significant. At the … Read More

The Plutonomy of the 1%: Dominant Ownership and Conspicuous Consumption in the New Gilded Age

February 12, 2015

This article offers a study on the plutonomy of dominant owners and what their consumptive practices might tell us from the lens of the capital as power framework in IPE. I argue that the differential consumption of dominant owners is an important dimension of an internationalised capitalist mode of power for two reasons. First, Nitzan … Read More