Global Capital: Political Economy of Capitalist Power (GS 6285 3.0, Graduate)

Global Capital: Political Economy of Capitalist Power (GS 6285 3.0, Graduate)
Nitzan, Jonathan. (2003). Political Science. York University. (Course; English).


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What is capital? Is capital the same as machines, or is it merely a financial asset? Is it material or social? Is it static or dynamic? Surprisingly, these questions have no clear answers. The form of capital, its existence as monetary wealth, is hardly in doubt. The problem is with the content, the ‘stuff’ which makes capital grow, and on this there is no agreement whatsoever. For example, does capital accumulate because it is ‘productive,’ or due to the exploitation of workers? Does capital expand ‘on its own,’ or does it need non-capitalist institutions such as the state? Can capital grow by undermining production and efficiency? What exactly is being accumulated? Does the value of capital represent a tangible ‘thing,’ ‘dead labour’ or perhaps something totally different? What units should we use to measure its accumulation?



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arms accumulation capital capitalism conflict corporation crisis distribution elite energy finance globalization growth imperialism GPE liberalism Marxist military Mumford national interest neoclassical neoliberalism oil ownership peace power profit ruling class security stagflation state stock market technology TNC Veblen violence war


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 Conflict & Violence
BN Trade
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Value & Price
BN Crisis
BN War & Peace
BN Data & Statistics
BN Distribution
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 Production

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Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

24 Sep 2004

Last Modified

31 Mar 2016 22:01


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