Capital and Power in the Global Political Economy (YorkU, AS4291 3.0, Undergraduate)

Capital and Power in the Global Political Economy (YorkU, AS4291 3.0, Undergraduate)
Nitzan, Jonathan. (2002). Political Science. York University. (Course; English).


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What is capital? Is it a material thing or social relation? What is political about it and how does it relate to power? What is the role of capital in the broader international political economy? The seminar examines such questions, both theoretically and historically. The first part deals with basic conceptions of capital, emphasizing the interaction between productivity and power, and examining how this interaction affected the evolution of transnational corporations. The second part looks at the changing relationship of business enterprise and states, illustrated for example by the three-way interplay between petroleum and armament firms, superpower confrontation, and Middle-East ‘energy conflicts.’ The third part focuses on the globalization of ownership and its domestic ramifications. Particular emphasis is put on the links between capital mobility and social transformation, such as the (re)capitalization of Russia, the Asian crisis and the changing ‘Asian model’, and the dramatic U-turns from ethnic conflict to transnational liberalism in South Africa and Israel.



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accumulation armament Africa Asia capital flow energy conflicts governances hegemony imperialism international political economy IPE Middle East oil ownership petroleum profit power state TNCs trade transnational corporations


BN Science & Technology
BN Agency
BN Business Enterprise
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Civil Society
BN Civilization & Social Systems
BN Class
BN State & Government
BN Comparative
BN Theory
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Trade
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Value & Price
BN Crisis
BN War & Peace
BN Data & Statistics
BN Distribution
BN Ecology & Environment
BN Growth
BN Hegemony
BN History
BN Ideology
BN Industrial Organization
BN Institutions
BN International & Global
BN Labour
BN Law
BN Macro
BN Micro
BN Methodology
BN Money & Finance
BN Power
BN Policy
BN Political Parties
BN Production
BN Region - Asia
BN Region - Africa
BN Region - Europe
BN Region - Latin America & Caribbean
BN Region - North America
BN Region - Middle East
BN Region - Other
BN Region - Pacific
BN Resistance
BN Revolution

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Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

24 Sep 2004

Last Modified

30 Mar 2016 22:42


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