Political Economy of Capital Accumulation (YorkU, LAPS/POLS 4292 6.0, Undergraduate, Fall Term, 2020-21)

Political Economy of Capital Accumulation (YorkU, LAPS/POLS 4292 6.0, Undergraduate, Fall Term, 2020-21)
Nitzan, Jonathan. (2020). Department of Politics. York University. (Course; English).


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Capital is the central power institution of capitalism: it is the main force underlying the relentless transformation of power relations in capitalist societies. The course explores the accumulation of capital from three interrelated perspectives: conceptual, historical and empirical. At the conceptual level, the course examines the evolution of orthodox and critical theories of value and how these theories serve to explain and justify contending notions of accumulation. At the historical level, it traces the development of capital from its humble pre-capitalist origins to its present world dominance. At the empirical level, it studies and juxtaposes the qualitative and quantitative aspects of capital accumulation and explores what they mean for the contemporary political economy. In parallel to these explorations, the course introduces students to the art and science of empirical research. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to develop and integrate theoretical arguments with their own empirical work.



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

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Jonathan Nitzan

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