2017 Review of Capital as Power Essay Prize

January 31, 2018

The Review of Capital as Power (RECASP) announces an annual essay prize on the subject of capital as power. The best paper will receive a prize of $2000. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the second best contribution, while a $300 prize will be given to the third best article. Submitted articles should … Read More

Di Muzio, ‘The Tragedy of Human Development: A Genealogy of Capital as Power’

January 10, 2018

ABSTRACT How might an objective observer conceive of what humans have accomplished as a species over its brief history? Benjamin argues that history can be judged as one giant catastrophe. Liberals suggest that this is to sombre an assessment and that human history can be read as a story of greater and greater progress in … Read More

Howard, ‘Craftwashing in the U.S. Beer Industry’

January 4, 2018

ABSTRACT 1) Background: Big brewers, which have experienced declining sales for their beer brands in the last decade, have been accused of “craftwashing” by some craft brewers and their aficionados—they define craftwashing as big brewers (>6 million barrels per year) taking advantage of the increasing sales of craft beer by emulating these products or by … Read More

Profit warning: there will be blood

December 12, 2017

The following research note by Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan first appeared on Real World Economics Review Blog. We have just updated the charts in our 2014 RWER paper ‘Still About Oil?’, and the picture they portray reads like a capitalist call for arms. Beginning in the late 1980s, we suggested that, since the late … Read More

Holman and McMahon, ‘From Power over Creation to the Power of Creation’

November 20, 2017

ABSTRACT This article is a critical investigation and application of the aesthetic theory of Cornelius Castoriadis, one of the most important 20th-century theorists of radical democracy. We outline Castoriadis’s thoughts on autonomy, the social-historical nature of Being, and creation — key elements that inform his model of democratic culture. We then develop a Castoriadian critique … Read More

Park, Hyeng-Joon, ‘Korea’s Post-1997 Restructuring’ Winner of the RRPE Annual Best Paper Award for 2016

October 25, 2017

*** Winner of the RRPE Annual Best Paper Award for 2016 *** ABSTRACT This paper is a postprint of an article published by the Review of Radical Political Economics (0486613415594147, first published on August 20, 2015 as doi:10.1177/0486613415594147).] This paper aims to transcend current debates on Korea’s post-1997 restructuring, which rely on a dichotomy between … Read More

No. 2017/04: Bichler and Nitzan, ‘Arms and Oil in the Middle East: A Biography of Research’

August 13, 2017

During the late 1980s, we printed a series of working papers, offering a new approach to the political economy of Israel and wars in the Middle East. Our approach in these papers rested on three new concepts. It started by identifying the Weapondollar-Petrodollar Coalition – an alliance of armament firms, oil companies and financial institutions … Read More

No. 2017/03: Fix, ‘Evidence for a Power Theory of Personal Income Distribution’

July 26, 2017

This paper proposes a new ‘power theory’ of personal income distribution. Contrary to the standard assumption that income is proportional to productivity, I hypothesize that income is most strongly determined by social power, as indicated by one’s position within an institutional hierarchy. While many theorists have proposed a connection between personal income and power, this paper is the … Read More