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A SYSTEMIC CRISIS OF FINANCIALISATION: FROM 2007 TO THE PRESENT

Public Lecture in Political Economy

Professor Costas Lapavitsas

London School of Oriental and African Studies

TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY

MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY

37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU

2 minutes from Farringdon Underground

Lecture starts at 7 p.m.

Doors open 6 p.m.

Tea and Coffee: tours of Building

 

The Lecture is free but those wishing to attend must register via info@marxlibrary.org

There will be a collection to defray expenses.

Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

 

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

PROFITING WITHOUT PRODUCING: HOW FINANCE EXPLOITS US ALL

By Costas Lapavitsas

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AVAILABLE NOW: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1506-profiting-without-producing

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“This book is a profound and panoramic study of the most powerful but destructive economic force of our time – financialization. Based on a sophisticated modern reinterpretation of Marxist theories and in depth empirical analysis, the book comes up with bold and fundamental reform proposals. It is a must-read for anyone who is committed to progressive economic and social transformation.” – Ha-Joon Chang, Author of 23 THINGS THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT CAPITALISM

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Financialization is one of the most innovative concepts to emerge in the field of political economy in the last three decades, although there is no agreement on what exactly it is. PROFITING WITHOUT PRODUCING defines financialization in terms of the fundamental conduct of non-financial enterprises, banks and households. Its most prominent feature is the rise of financial profit, in part extracted directly from households through financial expropriation. 

Financialized capitalism is prone to crises, none greater than the gigantic turmoil that began in 2007. Using abundant empirical data, the book establishes the causes of the crisis and discusses the options broadly available for controlling finance.

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HOW TO DO POST-CRASH ECONOMICS? Read Costas Lapavitsas’ outline for the future of economics here: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1441-how-to-do-post-crash-economics

VERSO POST-CRASH ECONOMICS READING LIST –

Neoliberal economics isn’t working and students are demanding more from their course reading than the 8th edition of Macroeconomics can provide. Following the news that Economics students in Manchester have formed the Post-Crash Economics Society and Aditya Chakrabortty’s excoriating and controversial commentary in the Guardian on the state of contemporary economics, Verso presents a reading list of economics titles which challenge the mainstream neoliberal consensus and offer powerful alternative models in contemporary economics: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/1433-post-crash-economics-a-reading-list

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“The growing dominance of global finance over the past generation ushered in the Wall Street crisis of 2007–09, and, along with it, mass unemployment and punishing austerity policies throughout the world. Building from his command of both the Marxian tradition and alternative theoretical perspectives, Costas Lapavitsas provides both a wide panorama and fresh insights as to how “finance exploits us all”. PROFITING WITHOUT PRODUCING is a major contribution to our understanding of financialization and its discontents. – Robert Pollin, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

“Costas Lapavitsas has provided an original account of the difficulties that economies will face recovering from the 2008 economic crisis. It is not an optimistic picture, but one that people should struggle with.” – Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

“This work is clearly a masterpiece on the financialized capitalism of our age.” – Makoto Itoh, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

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Costas Lapavitsas is a Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a member of Research on Money and Finance (RMF). He is the lead author of the new RMF report “Breaking Up? A Route Out of the Eurozone Crisis.” His previous publications include SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF MARKETS, MONEY AND CREDIT and POLITICAL ECONOMY OF MONEY AND FINANCE.

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Paperback Original / ISBN: 9781781681411 / $29.95 / £20.00 / $34.95CAN/ 352 pages

 

Hardback / ISBN: 9781781682463 / 95.00 / £55.00 / $108.00CAN / 352 pages

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

FINANCIALIZATION IN CRISIS

Edited by COSTAS LAPAVITSAS

AVAILABLE NOW FROM HAYMARKET

A TITLE IN THE HISTORICAL MATERIALISM BOOK SERIES

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In this important and timely volume, a number of well-known political economists draw on the insights of Marxist and other heterodox economists to argue that the turmoil of 2007 to 2009 represents a crisis of financialized capitalism that can only be understood through tracing out the structural changes in the modern global economy. Carefully examining domestic and international aspects of the financialization of capitalism over the past thirty years, the contributors persuasively demonstrate that the ongoing economic crisis commenced in the sphere of finance, spread to production, and then became a world recession.
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Costas Lapavitsas is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published extensively on the political economy of money and finance. His publications include Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit. 
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With Contributions From:
Carlos Morera Camacho • Paulo L. Dos Santos • Gary Dymski • Nuray Ergüneş • Makoto Itoh • Costas Lapavitsas • Juan Pablo Painceira • Demophanos Papadatos • José Antonio Rojas Nieto
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$28 / Paperback / 260 pages
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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-in-paperback-from-haymarket-financialization-in-crisis-by-costas-lapavitsas

 

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Debt

Debt

STUDIES IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT: CONFERENCE 2013

Call for Papers.

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference 2013: Debt and Obligation.

Keynote Speakers: Keith Ansell-Pearson, Costas Lapavitsas

University of Sussex, June 20-21

 

The global economic crisis has brought the question of debt sharply into focus. From the indebtedness of the individual by means of easy credit, to the universalisation of private debt in financial instruments and the financial stranglehold of whole countries by sovereign debt, debt and the obligation that comes with it dominate the structure of contemporary society and economy. Austerity programmes are implemented by governments around the world, often with disastrous social consequences and without popular support. The narratives of “living within one’s means” and “giving back what is owed” are dominant among the international organisations and power centres that promote these austere solutions. Even democratic legitimation is superseded by the obligation of paying one’s debts, to the extent that technocratic governments replace democratically elected ones for fulfilling that purpose. A “hard but fair” solution is advanced by many in government and elsewhere, where debt reduction seems to be given an almost moral quality, and as such connected to a moral obligation and duty.

The old definition of justice as “telling the truth and giving back what is owed” as given by Cephalus in Plato’s Republic, seems, therefore, to have prevailed–at least in part. For the truthfulness of this justice is hidden, since as Cephalus admits, it is the wealthy that are the major beneficiaries of this type of justice, considering they already have the means of living by it. On the other hand, the concepts of debt and obligation are the cornerstones of many ethical theories and philosophies, from Kant’s categorical imperative and deontological ethics in general to Nietzsche’s genealogical critique of morality. Moreover, a great part of political philosophy and theory is preoccupied with the question of the obligation to the state and what gives it legitimacy. But how are these ethical and political issues put into practice? Depending on one’s point of view there can be either a moral obligation that supports the state’s legitimacy, or one that directly opposes it. In particular, should one follow the moral narrative of paying one’s debts under any circumstances or are there instances where one has an obligation to resist debts placed upon them? Is there such a thing as a just debt? These questions, it could be claimed, have not been given enough critical attention, and theoretical discourse has passed them by.

We are, therefore, seeking papers that will engage theoretically with the concepts of debt and obligation, and explore their relationship with the social, economic, or political spheres. In keeping with the interdisciplinary ethos of SSPT we will accept papers from all related disciplines including politics, sociology, history, political economy, and philosophy. We will also accept papers that do not deal exclusively with the main topic of the conference but are engaged with issues in the general area of social and political thought.

 

Possible theoretical frameworks and topics include, but are not limited to:

Moral Obligation / Political Obligation / Debt from an Economic, Sociological, Historical or Philosophical Perspective / Crisis & Debt / Deontological Ethics / Kantian Ethics and Political Theory / Hegel / Contract Theory / Recognition & Self-Recognition / Nietzsche, Morality, Guilt and “Bad Conscience” / Marxism & Marxisms / Theories of Biopolitics / Instrumental Reason / Critical Theory / Post-Colonialism / Discourse and Democratic Theory / Structuralism and Post-Structuralism / Soft and Hard Power / Hegemony / World-Systems / Sovereignty / Legality and Legitimacy

Please send abstracts of 350 words to ssptconference.2013@gmail.com by Sunday, 5th May 2013.

These should be formatted for blind review, including a cover sheet with name, contact details, institutional affiliation, and paper title. Successful applicants will be notified by 12th May 2013. Finally, all selected papers will be considered for publication in a future issue of SSPT.

A fee of 5 pounds will be applicable, and all delegates will receive a free copy of SSPT.

A PDF version of this CfP is available here.

 

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Financialisation

Financialisation

LONDON SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY MARXIST THEORY

5th December, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)

Financialisation: What is it and how to analyse it?

The global economic and financial crisis has witnessed a deepening of interest in different forms of critical and radical thought and practice. Following successful series in the last two years, the London Seminar on Contemporary Marxist Theory in 2012/13 will continue to explore the new perspectives that have been opened up by Marxist interventions in this political and theoretical conjuncture. It involves collaboration among Marxist scholars based in several London universities, including Brunel University, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Guest speakers – from both Britain and abroad – will include a wide range of thinkers engaging with many different elements of the various Marxist traditions, as well as with diverse problems and topics. The aim of the seminar is to promote fruitful debate and to contribute to the development of more robust Marxist analysis.

It is open to all.

 

2012/13 Seminar Series

 

24th October, 7pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Neil Davidson (University of Strathclyde)

How Revolutionary were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

 

7th November, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Charlie Post (City University of New York)

The American Road to Capitalism

 

14th November, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Susan Spronk (University of Ottawa)

Twenty-first Century Socialism in Bolivia – The Gender Agenda

 

5th December, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS)

Financialisation: What is it and how to analyse it?

 

23rd January, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Sam Ashman (University of Johannesburg)

Neither a Dichotomy nor a Cycle: A Marxist Approach to the Financialisation of Accumulation

 

20th February, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Jeffery Webber (Queen Mary University of London)

On Our Feet, Never on Our Knees! Marxism and Social Movements

 

13th March, 5pm

King’s College London, Strand Campus, S-1.06, Raked Lecture Theatre

Alex Demirovic (University of Basel and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

Critical Theory and Critical Intellectuals

 

Further seminars will be announced throughout the year.

For further information, please contact:

Alex Callinicos, European Studies, King’s: alex.callinicos [at] kcl.ac.uk

Stathis Kouvelakis, European Studies, King’s: stathis.kouvelakis [at] kcl.ac.uk

Costas Lapavitsas, Economics, SOAS: cl5 [at] soas.ac.uk

Peter Thomas, Politics and History, Brunel: PeterD.Thomas [at] brunel.ac.uk

Jeffery Webber, Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary: j.r.webber [at] qmul.ac.uk

 

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/london-seminar-on-contemporary-marxist-theory-5th-december-costas-lapavitsas-financialisation-what-is-it-and-how-to-analyse-it  

 

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 17th NOVEMBER 2012

EVENTS

FREE SCREENING OF “DEBTOCRACY”

Friday, December 7, 2012
7:30pm until 10:00pm
Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studios
1300 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

Event organized by: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cinema.Politica.Danforth

“Debtocracy” (Greek: hreokratía) seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions sidelined by the government and the dominant media.

Aris Chatzistefanou and Katerina Kitidi discuss with economists, journalists and intellectuals from all over the world, who describe the steps that led Greece to the current debt trap – to debtocracy. The documentary follows the course of countries like Ecuador, which created Audit Commissions, and tracks the similar process in Greece.

Debtocracy features the academics David Harvey, Samir Amin, Costas Lapavitsas and Gerard Dumenil; the philosopher Alain Badiou; the head of Ecuador’s Audit Commission Hugo Arias; the president of CADTM Eric Toussaint; journalists like Canadian Avi Lewis (co-creator of the documentary “The Take”) and Jean Quatremer; as well as public figures like Manolis Glezos and Sahra Wagenknecht (from the German party Die Linke).

To be followed by a panel discussion!

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BOOK LAUNCH OF “MONSTERS OF THE MARKET: ZOMBIES, VAMPIRES AND GLOBAL CAPITALISM”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel (in the Ballroom)
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

A night to celebrate the launch (in paperback) of David McNally’s “Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism” and the book’s receipt of the 2012 Deutscher Prize. With MCs Faria Kamal and Alan Sears, remarks from Himani Bannerji and talk and short reading by David.

Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, this book links tales of monstrosity from England to recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx’s persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, McNally offers a novel account of the cultural economy of the global market-system.

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BOOK LAUNCH & PUBLIC LECTURE – “SEX, RACE AND CLASS: THE PERSPECTIVE OF WINNING (A SELECTION OF WRITINGS 1952-2011)”

Monday Nov. 26
7:00 p.m.
George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto

In 1972, Selma James set out a new political perspective. Her starting point was the millions of unwaged women who, working in the home and on the land, were not seen as “workers” and their struggles viewed as outside of the class struggle.

For James, the class struggle presents itself as the conflict between the reproduction and survival of the human race, and the domination of the market with its exploitation, wars, and ecological devastation. She sums up her strategy for change as “Invest in Caring not Killing.”

This selection, spanning almost six decades, traces the development of this perspective in the course of building an international campaigning network.

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CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: TORONTO

November 24-25, 2012
2:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave., Toronto
   
Take in a series of labour-related films at CLiFF-Toronto, a film festival that seeks to tell the stories of workers (unionised and non-unionised) and those who seek justice on the job and dignity in their workplace. The festival is platform for stories that have been made into films, but cannot find an audience beyond the film makers’ own circle of influence.

The film We Are Wisconsin (http://wearewisconsinthefilm.com/) will be playing on Saturday, November 24.

Additional films are also being shown on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Download the program for a full list of films and for alternate locations: http://labourfilms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TorontoProgram22OctB.pdf

Further details are available on the CLiFF website: http://labourfilms.ca/

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TALK: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE NEW ATTACK ON CANADIAN UNIONS

Monday, Dec. 3
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Ross Bldg., Room S674 (Verney Room)
York University, Toronto

With Andrew Jackson, Packer Chair for Social Justice, York University

Part of “Dispatches from the Global Labour Movement” series, sponsored by York University’s:
– The Centre for Research on Work and Society
– Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
– Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work
– Work and Labour Studies Program
– The Department of Political Science
– The Department of Social Science

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NEWS & VIEWS

CHORUS OF WARNINGS GROW: ‘SAY NO TO US AUSTERITY’

by Common Dreams staff

As President Obama and Washington lawmakers embarked on fiscal negotiations to address federal budget concerns and the impacts of a stubborn economic recovery, nearly 350 prominent economists, under the banner “Jobs, Not Austerity,” issued a statement warning that the “obsessive concern with cutting deficits that has infected both parties” is a serious threat to making sound economic policy decisions in Washington.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/16-7

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TOP LABOUR STORIES THIS WEEK: FROM EUROPE’S GENERAL STRIKE TO MIGRANT WORKERS’ PLIGHT IN CANADA

by Lori Theresa Waller, rabble.ca

It’s been a significant week for the labour movement worldwide, with an unprecedented multi-national general strike yesterday in Europe. So we feel like it’s an appropriate time for us to launch a new weekly feature, recapping the top stories from the labour movement. Each week top labour
stories will be compiled and summarized by our new labour reporter, Lori Theresa Waller. If you have a suggestion for next week’s list, contact lori@rabble.ca

 

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/11/labour-news-round-weeks-top-stories

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VIDEO: LARRY ROUSSEAU AT OFL EQUITY CONFERENCE

by rabbleTV

Larry Rousseau speaks at Ontario Federation of Labour’s Equity Conference
9-11 November 2012.

Watch the video: http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/program-guide/2012/11/best-net/larry-rousseau-ofl-equity-conference

For more information, please visit http://ofl.ca/index.php/equity2012/ and http://psac-ncr.com

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HOW CHICAGO TEACHERS GOT ORGANIZED TO STRIKE  

by Labor Notes

The seven-day Chicago Teachers Union strike in September beat back a mayor bent on imposing very bad “education reforms.” But how? The win was possible because of years of patient organizing, focused on getting members to step up.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/10/how-chicago-teachers-got-organized-strike
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INTERNS, UNITE! (YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE – LITERALLY)

by Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Enda Brophy, Briarpatch Magazine If decent, full-time work is getting harder to come by, the same can’t be said for internships, whether unpaid or barely paid.

Unpaid interns frequently perform work that used to be done by entry-level paid staff, and are also denied access to labour protections and benefits extended to traditional workers. More importantly, few people can afford to work for free. If doing an unpaid internship persists as an obligatory rung on today’s shaky career ladder, the professions drawing on this system will be transformed to favour those from wealthier backgrounds. Beyond parents (not all of whom can remortgage to support their 22-year-old’s cashless gig in an expensive city), subsidies come from personal loans or part-time jobs. “Paying your dues” is a lazy cliché rather than an ethical argument for why it’s acceptable for young people to donate their labour. From street protests to online campaigns, the emerging intern activism is one part of the wider effort by fresh actors to reformat labour politics for precarious times.

Read the full story here: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/interns-unite-you-have-nothing-to-lose-literally

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

CRISIS IN THE EUROZONE

Crisis in the Eurozone – A new book edited by Costas Lapavitsas

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1155-crisis-in-the-eurozone

The renowned Research on Money and Finance (RMF) group present a searing critique of the neoliberal nature of the Eurozone and ruthlessly dissect the roots of the current financial turmoil and the European debt crisis. Lead author Costas Lapavitsas and his co-authors argue that European austerity is contradictory because it leads to recession, and worsens the burden of debt, further imperilling banks and the monetary union itself. The analysis suggests that impoverished states would be wise to quit the Euro and pursue debtor-led, sovereign and democratic default that would lead to deep cancellation of debt. The authors envisage a restructuring relying on the forces of organized labor and civil society, drawing on the theoretical tradition of political economy and heterodox economics, and treading a careful path between declining Europeanism and nascent nationalism. 

‘This book is indispensable for anyone trying to make sense of the European Union’s implosion.’ — Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies, King’s College London

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

Costas Lapavitsas

FINANCIALISATION IN CRISIS

http://www.brill.nl/financialisation-crisis

Financialisation in Crisis
Edited by Costas Lapavitsas

The turmoil of 2007-2009 is a crisis of financialised capitalism, and for this reason it is systemic and unusual. The crisis commenced in the sphere of finance, spread to production, and then became a world recession. Its unusual character is apparent since never before has a global economic crisis been triggered by banks lending to workers to buy houses. Moreover, state intervention to forestall the crisis becoming a major depression has been unprecedented. This book brings together several well-known political economists to analyse the domestic and international aspects of financialisation, thus putting the crisis in its appropriate context. It draws on Marxist and other heterodox economics to cast light on the broader implications of financialisation and crisis for society.

Biographical note
Costas Lapavitsas is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has published extensively on the political economy of money and finance. His publications include Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit (Routledge, 2003).

Readership
Academic libraries, institutes, university courses, policy centres and political/social activists. Those interested in radical explanations of the rise of finance, the transformation of the economy and the recurrence of crisis.

Table of contents
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: A Crisis of Financialisation, Costas Lapavitsas

PART I: DOMESTIC FINANCIALISATION AND THE ROOTS OF THE CRISIS

1. Financialised Capitalism: Crisis and Financial Expropriation, Costas Lapavitsas

2. The Political Economy of the Subprime Meltdown, Gary Dymski

3. On the Content of Banking in Contemporary Capitalism, Paulo L. Dos Santos

4. Central Banking in Contemporary Capitalism: The Limits of Monetary Policy, Demophanos Papadatos

PART II: INTERNATIONAL FINANCIALISATION AND THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

5. On the Historical Significance and Social Costs of the Subprime Financial Crisis: A Comparison with Japan, Makoto Itoh

6. Oil and Finance in the Global Markets, Carlos Morera Camacho and José Antonio Rojas Nieto

7. Developing Countries in the Era of Financialisation: From Deficit Accumulation to Reserve Accumulation, Juan Pablo Painceira

8. Global Integration of Middle-Income Developing Countries in the Era of Financialisation: The Case of Turkey, Nuray Ergüneş

References
Notes on Contributors
Index

 

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Greek CrisisEUROPE AND THE GREEK CRISIS: DISASTER STRATEGY AND ALTERNATIVES

Is the Greek crisis a national pathology or the test case of the broader tendency affecting Europe and the EU as a whole?

What is the function of all the ‘rescue packages’ designed by the EU and the IMF since May 2010?

What are the results of the ‘shock therapy’ imposed on the country?

Are there alternatives, on a national and European level, to the current situation ?

 

A debate with:

Costas Lapavitsas, Professor, Department of Economics, SOAS

Stathis Kouvelakis, Reader, Department of European Studies, King’s College London

 

At: King’s College London, The Strand, Room K 3.11, Thursday March 8, 5 pm

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Revolt

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL – ISSUE 133

http://isj.org.uk/index.php4?s=contents&issue=133

International Socialism Journal
Issue 133

Analysis

The crisis wears on
Alex Callinicos

The rebirth of our power? After the 30 November mass strike
Charlie Kimber

The Occupy movement and class politics in the US
Megan Trudell

Interview: Working people have no interest in saving the euro
Costas Lapavitsas

China’s capitalism and the crisis
Jane Hardy and Adrian Budd

The Egyptian workers’ movement and the 25 January Revolution
Anne Alexander

Libya at the crossroads
Simon Assaf

Revolution against “progress”: the TIPNIS struggle and class contradictions in Bolivia
Jeffery R Webber

“Take that, Maynard G Krebs!”: the Beat Generation.
Adam Marks

Engels’s contradictions: a reply to Tristram Hunt
Roland Boer

Book reviews

Information is not knowledge
Andy Wilson

Philosophical arabesques
Ross Speer

What’s past is prologue
Sally Kincaid

Hegelianation?
Dan Swain

Working class theory is something to read
Jamie Woodcock

“How many ways to get what you want?”
Robin Burrett

A trade union whodunit
Julian Alford

Pick of the quarter
This quarter’s selection

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Eurozone Crisis

BREAKING UP? A ROUTE OUT OF THE EUROZONE CRISIS

Friday 9 December, 2011
Doors open at 6 pm; the panel will begin at 6.30 pm
Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS , WC1H 0XG

Join us for a timely and urgently needed discussion over the future of the eurozone, the possibility of exit, and what it will all mean for the people of Europe . Bringing together leading economists, political scientists and financial journalists, the discussion will play a critical role in setting the terms of the debate for the tumultuous period that lies ahead.

The panel includes:
Costas Lapavitsas, professor, department of economics, SOAS, and lead author of a series of groundbreaking reports on the eurozone crisis from the Research on Money and Finance network.
George Irvin, professor, department of development studies, SOAS, and author of ‘Super Rich: the Growth of Inequality in Britain and the United States ‘.
Paul Mason, BBC economics editor and author of ‘Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed’.
Stathis Kouvelakis, reader in political theory, King’s College London.

The panel will be chaired by Seamus Milne, associate editor at The Guardian.

Please register your participation (see link below or visit the RMF website) and arrive as early as possible.

Read the latest RMF report on the eurozone crisis: http://www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org 
Register: https://docs.google.com/a/soas.ac.uk/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDRpWjBGaXNhTmxyb3lLUUFQdnRvcmc6MA

Jeff Powell
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
+44 (0)7817184435

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Socialism and Hope

SOCIALIST REGISTER 2012: THE CRISIS AND THE LEFT

Socialist Register 2012: The Crisis and the Left is now available on the website: http://socialistregister.com/index.php/srv

Socialist Register 2012

Leo Panitch, Gregory Albo, Vivek Chibber, Preface

David Harvey, The urban roots of financial crises: reclaiming the city for anti-capitalist struggle

David McNally, Slump, austerity and resistance

Ursula Huws, Crisis as capitalist opportunity: new accumulation through public service commodification

Larry Lohmann, Financialization, commodification and carbon: the contradictions of neoliberal climate policy

Frances Fox Piven, The new American poor law

Nicole M. Aschoff, A tale of two crises: labour, capital and restructuring in the US auto industry

Adolph Reed and Merlin Chowkwanyun, Race, class, crisis: the discourse of racial disparity and its analytical discontents

Adam Hanieh, Finance, oil and the Arab uprisings: the global crisis and the Gulf states

Claudio Katz, The singularities of Latin America

Ho-fung Hung, Sinomania: global crisis, China’s crisis?

Jan Toporowski, Eastern Europe: post-communist assets in crisis

Peadar Kirby, When banks cannibalize the state: responses to Ireland’s economic collapse

SYMPOSIUM ON THE EUROZONE CRISIS AND LEFT STRATEGIES

Elmar Altvater, From subprime farce to Greek tragedy: the crisis dynamics of financially driven capitalism

Costas Lapavitsas, Default and exit from the eurozone: a radical left strategy

Michel Husson, Exit or voice? a European strategy of rupture

 

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