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Remaking Scarcity From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy

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ISBN-10: 0745330991

ISBN-13: 9780745330990

Edition: 2011

Authors: Costas Panayotakis

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 9/12/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.46" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Costas Panayotakis teaches Sociology at New York City College of Technology. He has published on political economy, ecology and social movements and has been interviewed by numerous radio and TV programmes in the United States and abroad. He is the Book Review editor of the international journal Capitalism Nature Socialism.

Capitalism, scarcity, and economic democracy
Plan of the book
The neoclassical approach to scarcity
Scarcity and capital accumulation
The source of capitalism's technological dynamism
Economic crises and the cyclical nature of capitalism's configurations of scarcity
Scarcity and the long-term evolution of the capitalist system
Do we need to abolish scarcity?
Scarcity and the undemocratic logic of capital
A note on the Soviet experience
Scarcity, capitalist exploitation, and consumption
Is scarcity only the product of inflated needs?
Consumerism and capitalism's configurations of scarcity
Consumerism, exploitation, and economic democracy
Economic democracy and the multiplicity of social inequalities and struggles
Struggles over the profit rate
Configurations of scarcity and capitalism's cross-cutting social inequalities and struggles
Capitalism, scarcity, and households
Economic democracy, households, and the question of time
Capital and the vicious cycles undercutting economic democracy
The struggle over the working day as a struggle for economic democracy
The cultural dimension of the struggle for economic democracy
Capitalism, scarcity, and global inequalities
Global inequalities as a dimension of capitalism's configurations of scarcity
The growth of global inequalities: a brief historical overview
The struggle(s) against neoliberalism and the logic of profit
Scarcity and the deepening ecological crisis
The deepening ecological crisis
Ecological problems as economic externalities?
Political economy, externalities, and the role of the state
Externalities, efficiency, and the conflict approach to scarcity
The link between cross-cutting inequalities and ecological problems
Imagining economic democracy: two models
Post-capitalist alternatives: market socialism versus democratic planning
David Schweickart's 'economic democracy'
Albert and Hahnel's model of a participatory economy
Economic democracy and the debate on post-capitalist alternatives
The way forward: economic democratization as a strategy of reforms and fundamental social change
Humorous Appendix: Austerity Nut and his message