Monthly Archives: June 2015

Putting Power Back Into Growth Theory

June 29, 2015

ABSTRACT Neoclassical growth theory assumes that economic growth is an atomistic process in which changes in distribution play no role. Unfortunately, when this assumption is tested against real-world evidence, it is systematically violated. This paper argues that a reality-based growth theory must reject neoclassical principles in favour of a powercentered approach. Building on Nitzan and … Read More

Malik on The Ontology of Finance: Price, Power, and the Arkhéderivative

June 24, 2015

FROM THE EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION In what promises to be a significant contribution to political economy, Malik seeks to combine the philosophical understanding of the nature and logic of the derivatives market with an analysis of the entirely novel, structurally-specific mode of capitalist power it expresses. This ambitious ‘ontology of finance’ supplements Ayache’s understanding of the … Read More

No. 2015/03: Bichler and Nitzan, “Capital Accumulation: Fiction and Reality”

June 11, 2015

Working Paper No. 2015/03 Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “Capital Accumulation: Fiction and Reality” What do economists mean when they talk about ‘capital accumulation’? Surprisingly, the answer to this question is anything but clear, and it seems the most unclear in times of turmoil. Consider the recent ‘financial crisis’. The very term already attests to … Read More