How Will Capitalism End?

Essays on a Failing System

Author: Wolfgang Streeck

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781786632982

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth has given way to stagnation; inequality is leading to instability; and confidence in the money economy has all but evaporated. In How Will Capitalism End?, the acclaimed analyst of contemporary politics and economics Wolfgang Streeck argues that the world is about to change. The marriage between democracy and capitalism, ill-suited partners brought together in the shadow of World War Two, is coming to an end. The regulatory institutions that once restrained the financial sector's excesses have collapsed and, after the final victory of capitalism at the end of the Cold War, there is no political agency capable of rolling back the liberalization of the markets. Ours has become a world defined by declining growth, oligarchic rule, a shrinking public sphere, institutional corruption and international anarchy, and no cure to these ills is at hand.

Socialism, Capitalism and Alternatives

Author: Peter J. S. Duncan,Elisabeth Schimpfössl

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 1787353834

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. Two years later the Soviet Union disintegrated. The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union discredited the idea of socialism for generations to come. It was seen as representing the final and irreversible victory of capitalism. This triumphal dominance was barely challenged until the 2008 financial crisis threw the Western world into a state of turmoil. Through analysis of post-socialist Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as of the United Kingdom, China and the United States, Socialism, Capitalism and Alternatives confronts the difficulty we face in articulating alternatives to capitalism, socialism and threatening populist regimes. Beginning with accounts of the impact of capitalism on countries left behind by the planned economies, the volume moves on to consider how China has become a beacon of dynamic economic growth, aggressively expanding its global influence. The final section of the volume poses alternatives to the ideological dominance of neoliberalism in the West. Since the 2008 financial crisis, demands for social change have erupted across the world. Exposing the failure of neoliberalism in the United Kingdom and examining recent social movements in Europe and the United States, the closing chapters identify how elements of past ideas are re-emerging, among them Keynesianism and radical socialism. As those chapters indicate, these ideas might well have potential to mobilise support and challenge the dominance of neoliberalism.

Social Democratic Capitalism

Author: Lane Kenworthy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190064129

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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What configuration of institutions and policies is most conducive to human flourishing? The historical and comparative evidence suggests that the answer is social democratic capitalism - a democratic political system, a capitalist economy, good elementary and secondary schooling, a big welfare state, pro-employment public services, and moderate regulation of product and labor markets. In Social Democratic Capitalism, Lane Kenworthy shows that this system improves living standards for the least well-off, enhances economic security, and boosts equality of opportunity. And it does so without sacrificing other things we want in a good society, from liberty to economic growth to health and happiness. Its chief practitioners have been the Nordic nations. The Nordics have gone farther than other rich democratic countries in coupling a big welfare state with public services that promote high employment and modest product- and labor-market regulations. Many believe this system isn't transferable beyond Scandinavia, but Kenworthy shows that social democratic capitalism and its successes can be replicated in other affluent nations, including the United States. Today, the U.S. lags behind other countries in economic security, opportunity, and shared prosperity. If the U.S. were to expand its existing social programs and add some additional ones, many ordinary Americans would have better lives. Kenworthy argues that, despite formidable political obstacles, the U.S. is likely to move toward social democratic capitalism in coming decades. As a country gets richer, he explains, it becomes more willing to spend more in order to safeguard against risk and enhance fairness. With social democratic capitalism as his blueprint, he lays out a detailed policy agenda that could alleviate many of America's problems.

The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology, 2v

Author: William Outhwaite,Stephen Turner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1526416484

Category: Political Science

Page: 1260

View: 9593


The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.

Guaranteed Formula for Writing Success

Author: Everett Ofori

Publisher: CCB Publishing

ISBN: 1926918231

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

View: 1646


Guaranteed Formula for Writing Success will allow you to learn how to: 1. Grab your reader¿s attention from the get-go, 2. Write clear, crisp copy, 3. Make your meaning clear, 4. Make your writing sing, 5. Create believable characters and scenarios, 6. Transform your mind into an idea factory, 7. Perk up pompous, flabby prose, 8. Write about anything, anywhere, anytime!!!Who Needs This Book?1. Students preparing for their high school final exams, 2. Students preparing to attend college or university where they will have to write term papers, theses, and other reports, 3. English as a Foreign/Second Language (EFL/ESL) learners, 4. Students planning to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Test of Written English (TWE), etc., 5. Business people, including owners, who want to get better results from their correspondence and communication, 6. Administrative assistants, public relations agents, sales people, aspiring authors, etc.

Schumpeter's Market

Enterprise and Evolution

Author: David A. Reisman

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781845420857

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 294

View: 1720


Schumpeter was an interdisciplinary political ecnomist who made institutional transformation the centrepiece of his theory of supply and demand. This comprehensive monograph reconstructs and assesses Schumpeter's contribution to the restless economics of entrepeneurship, disequilibrium and search.

The Economy as a Polity

The Political Constitution of Contemporary Capitalism

Author: Christian Joerges,Bo Straith,Peter Wagner

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781844720699

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 227

View: 6437


"Through historical analyses - of the current state of regulation of labour and money, and investigations of the development of modes of embedding market - this volume expands upon its theoretical discussions to contribute new angles of analysis to the debate. In doing so it points to fruitful directions of political renewal, with a particular focus on the EU as a novel polity embedding the European economy."--Jacket.

After Capitalism

Horizons of Finance, Culture, and Citizenship

Author: Kennan Ferguson,Patrice Petro

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813584299

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 270

View: 5167


From Thomas Piketty to David Harvey, scholars are increasingly questioning whether we are entering into a post-capitalist era. If so, does this new epoch signal the failure of capitalism and emergence of alternative systems? Or does it mark the ultimate triumph of capitalism as it evolves into an unstoppable entity that takes new forms as it engulfs its opposition? After Capitalism brings together leading scholars from across the academy to offer competing perspectives on capitalism’s past incarnations, present conditions, and possible futures. Some contributors reassess classic theorizations of capitalism in light of recent trends, including real estate bubbles, debt relief protests, and the rise of a global creditocracy. Others examine Marx’s writings, unemployment, hoarding, “capitalist realism,” and coyote (trickster) capitalism, among many other topics. Media and design trends locate the key ideologies of the current economic moment, with authors considering everything from the austerity aesthetics of reality TV to the seductive smoothness of liquid crystal. Even as it draws momentous conclusions about global economic phenomena, After Capitalism also pays close attention to locales as varied as Cuba, India, and Latvia, examining the very different ways that economic conditions have affected the relationship between the state and its citizens. Collectively, these essays raise provocative questions about how we should imagine capitalism in the twenty-first century. Will capitalism, like all economic systems, come to an end, or does there exist in history or elsewhere a hidden world that is already post-capitalist, offering alternative possibilities for thought and action?

Moral Issues in Business

Author: William H. Shaw,Vincent E. Barry

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534217020

Category: Business ethics

Page: 588

View: 8155


With this combined text/anthology/casebook, there is no need for supplemental works; it combines coverage of ethical theories (capitalism, corporations, environment) and micro issues (the business setting) as well as readings and cases for analysis. This approach introduces students to the relevant concepts and principles and it supplies them with the social, historical, and philosophical background they need to grapple with important theoretical and practical philosophical issues they will be exposed to in todays business environment.

Media and Cultural Theory

Author: James Curran,David Morley,Reader in Communications David Morley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134372302

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 4720


Containing new thinking and original surveys, Media & Cultural Theory brings together leading international scholars to address key issues and debates within media and cultural studies. Through the use of contemporary media and film texts such as Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and using case studies of the USA and the UK after September 11th, James Curran and David Morley examine central topics including: media representations of the new woman in contemporary society the creation of self in lifestyle media the nature of globalization the rise of digital actors and media. Ideal as a course reader, with each essay covering a different major area or advance in original research, Media & Cultural Theory is global in its reach. Through its engagement with broad questions, it is an invaluable book that can be applied to the studies of media and cultural studies students the English-speaking world over.