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Capitalism

ISBN-10: 1408269228
ISBN-13: 9781408269220
Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)
Authors: Paul Bowles
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Chronology
Who's who
Glossary
Analysis and Assessment
How to Think About Capitalism
Introduction
Outline of the book
The capitalist system: a simple definition and some not-so-simple issues arising from it
Identifying changes in the capitalist system over time
Capitalism as a System: 'Natural' and 'Free'
Introduction
Adam Smith: markets are natural for humans...but not for dogs
Milton Friedman on markets, freedom and Alka Seltzer
More from Adam Smith: markets feed us because of self-interest
Is private property 'natural' as well?
The State as impartial rule enforcer
Some states are better rule enforcers than others - and so sometimes capitalism fails
Capitalism is also the most economically productive system
Capitalism - the most economically productive system and therefore the 'end of history'
Does capitalism lead to democracy?
Capitalism as equal and just
Capitalism as a friend of the environment
Capitalism as a System: 'Unjust and 'Unstable'
Introduction
Unjust and unstable: Keynes and reformist critics
Unjust and unstable: Marx and radical critics
The importance of labour - or why workers are alienated but apes aren't
Capitalism's contradiction: poverty amidst plenty
Capitalism and crises
Capitalism as anti-Nature
Capitalism and gender inequality
The capitalist state: to be captured or replaced?
The capitalist state and education: enforcing the rules of American football or those of the treadmill?
Empire and Crises 1870-1945
Capitalism unfolds
The curse of capitalism: late nineteenth-century crises
Overseas expansion as the response to crises
The curse of capitalism: The Great Depression of the 1930s
The human cost: riding the rails, searching for work and the crime of vagrancy
National responses to the Depression: Swedish social democracy, the 'New Deal' in the US and the spread of fascism in Europe
Post-1945 Capitalism: Variations Across Countries
National capitalisms
How capitalisms differ: state-capital-labour relations
The Anglo-American model: decentralized wage bargaining and stock markets
The northern European or corporatist model: consensus decision-making and a large welfare state
Japanese (or East Asian) developmental capitalism: guiding the market and controlling labour
National varieties of capitalism as rivals
Varieties of capitalism: a matter of choice or history?
Varieties of capitalism: Asia, China, Russia and Latin America
Post-1945 Capitalism: Variations Over Time
Introduction
1945-70: the 'golden age'... hot economies, warm capital-labour relations, and the Cold War
The 'golden age' in the South: postcolonial capitalist states seek modernity and industrialization
The 1970s: oil shocks the system...and Keynesian policy responses
A new international division of labour: the lure of cheap labour in the South
The 1980s and 1990s: the rise of neoliberalism...capital strikes back
Neoliberalism in the South: open those doors, be 'market friendly'!
Global turbulence: financial crises in the 1990s
'Crony capitalism' blamed for the Asian crises
Lessons not learned: The Global Financial Crisis of 2008
Global Capitalism
All the world's a stage...
Are nation states still important actors?
The 'globalization weakness the nation state' view
The 'globaloney' or 'states are still powerful' view
The 'some states are still powerful' or 'new imperialism' view
The 'regionalism is more important' view
As the curtain falls: what drama is unfolding on the capitalist world stage?
Documents
Adam Smith and the invisible hand
Friedman on economic freedom and political freedom
Marx and Engels on capitalism and class conflict
Capitalism and class conflict in China today
Keynes on Casino capitalism
The formation of the Bretton Woods institutions
The Washington Concensus
Wolf's cry for more globalization not less
World Social Forum Charter of Principles
Guide to Further Reading
References
Index

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