DiMuzio, ‘Energy, Capital as Power and World Order’

October 20, 2016

ABSTRACT Until late, the subject of energy and its importance for capitalism and the constitution and reconstitution of world order has been sorely overlooked in the international political economy (IPE) literature. Indeed, only two of the major textbooks in IPE have chapters on energy. This is also true of the literature known as classical political … Read More

Hana Kivisto, ‘Capital as Power and the Corporatization of Education’

June 28, 2016

ABSTRACT Building on the definition of critical education residing in the crossroads of cultural politics and political economy, this theoretical article offers an inquiry into the intersection between critical education research and the central ritual of contemporary capitalism – capitalisation. This article outlines four current approaches in education research literature to the corporatisation of education. … Read More

Philip H. Howard, Concentration and Power in the Food System

February 26, 2016

ABSTRACT This book seeks to illuminate which firms have become the most dominant, and more importantly, how they shape and reshape society in their efforts to increase their control. These dynamics have received insufficient attention from academics and even critics of the current food system. The power of dominant firms extends far beyond narrow economic … Read More

Capital Accumulation: Fiction and Reality

October 3, 2015

ABSTRACT 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 “financial crisis” of the late 2000s. The very term already attests to the presumed nature and causes of the crisis, which most … Read More

Sandy Brian Hager, A Global Bond: Explaining the Safe Haven Status of U.S. Treasury Securities

July 28, 2016

ABSTRACT This article offers new theoretical and empirical insights to explain the resilience of U.S. Treasury securities as the world’s premier safe or “risk free” asset. The standard explanation of resilience emphasizes the relative safety of U.S. Treasuries due to a shortage of safe assets in the global political economy. The analysis here goes beyond the standard explanation to highlight … Read More

Sandy Brian Hager, Public Debt, Inequality, and Power: The Making of a Modern Debt State

June 27, 2016

ABSTRACT Who are the dominant owners of US public debt? Is it widely held, or concentrated in the hands of a few? Does ownership of public debt give these bondholders power over our government? What do we make of the fact that foreign-owned debt has ballooned to nearly 50 percent today? Until now, we have … Read More

Acumulación de capital: ficción y realidad

January 6, 2016

ABSTRACT (Spanish) ¿Qué quieren decir los economistas cuando hablan de “acumulación de capital’? La respuesta es todo, menos clara. La opinión convencional es que hay dos tipos de capital: real y financiero, que deben guardar correspondencia y que, infortunadamente, la mayoría de las veces no se corresponden, pues el crecimiento del capital financiero tiende a … Read More

Carbon Capitalism: Energy, Social Reproduction and World Order

October 3, 2015

ABSTRACT Modern civilization and the social reproduction of capitalism are bound inextricably with fossil fuel consumption. But as carbon energy resources become scarcer, what implications will this have for energy-intensive modes of life? Can renewable energy sustain high levels of accumulation? Or will we witness the end of existing capitalist economies? This book provides an … Read More