Issue no.74
Summer '01


Behind the News
Roadblocks in Argentina: Against the Violence of Stability
Dinerstein, Ana C.
During the 1990s and 2000, workers and the unemployed staged roadblocks as a form of protest against the neo-liberal adjustment in Argentina. This paper argues that by blocking roads, labour sets a physical and visible barrier to the violence of capital entailed in 'stability'.


The Expansion of Capital and the Uneven Development on a World Scale
Weeks, John
This paper analyses the uneven development of capitalism on a world scale and offers a theoretical explanation for the phenomenon. It explains the divergence among countries in level of development in terms of primary and secondary uneven development, both resulting from the process of accumulation.


Corporate Retreat and the Abandonment of Host Economies in the Era of the 'Globalisation' of Capital: The Case of 'ManufacturingCo' in the North East Region of England
Pike, Andy
The 'globalisation' debate contains several themes for Left analysis of corporate retreat and host economy abandonment that are explored in a case study of ManufacturingCo in the North East region of England: historical evolution in the institutional architecture of capital, heightened capital-state inter-relations and the territoriality and nationality of capital. Historical evolution and contingency are seen as critical to Left analysis of the 'globalisation' of capital and to promoting more progressive economic and social strategies.


Brenner on Competition
Dumenil, Gerard; Glick, Mark; Levy, Dominique
This paper criticizes Brenner's emphasis on competition within Manufacturing in his analysis of the falling profit rate, inversing the relationship between the decline of the profit rate and competition as in Marx. Assumptions concerning price competition appear arbitrary and proofs are deficient. Brenner cannot escape the reliance on the rise of wages.


'We Earn Only For You': Peasants and 'Real' Markets in Northern Pakistan
Akram-Lodhi, A Haroon
Contrary to the propositions of bourgeois economics, the operation of 'real' markets are embedded within the social relations of production. An analysis of the operation of wheat markets in northern Pakistan demonstrates the mechanisms by which 'real' markets structurally subordinate the members of the peasant classes, to the benefit of landlords, industrial capital and merchant capital.


Limiting National Interventionism in the United States: The Warefare-Welfare State as Restrictive Governance Paradigm
Waddell, Brian
Because modern U.S. governance is organized in terms of a warfare-welfare paradigm the welfare state has remained a weak adjunct to a powerful warfare state. Postwar policy developments leading right up to the recent attacks on the welfare state and the growing neo-liberal consensus can be understood in terms of this paradigm.


An Integral Approach to the Asian 'Crisis': The (Dis-)Articulation of the Production and Financial (Dis-)Orders
Sum, Ngai-Ling
This paper develops a regulationist account of the Asian Crisis. Despite the structural coherence between production and financial forms in post-Plaza East Asia, the production and financial orders were liable to structural crises that could be conjuncturally exacerbated. The article concludes with remarks on the remaking of global-regional-national political economy.


Book Review 74
Martha K Huggins; Political Policing: The United States and Latiin America (Stefano Harney): Graham Thompson (ed); Economic Dynamism in the Asia-Pasific (Ahmad Seyf): Molly Murphy Suffraete and Socialist (Emma Wood): Richard Hart; From Occupation to Independance: A Short History of the Peoples of the English Speaking Caribbean Region (Mark Thomas): Nina Eliasoph; Avoiding Politics: How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life (Ben Jenkins): Juliet Webster; Shaping Women's Work: Gender, Employment and Informaiton Technology (Annettte Davis): John A Hall (ed) The State of the Nation: Ernest Gellner and the Theory of Nationalism (John Sullivan)

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