Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Capital and Class 89

Capital and Class 89 ( Summer 2006): Market, Class and Society

Martin Upchurch on 'State, labour and market in post-revolution Serbia'
This article looks at the trade union strategies developing in Serbia since the anti-Milosevic revolution of October 2000. It examines the interplay between the forces of state and market, and explores the lessons for trade unions in transformation economies.

Hazel Conley on 'Modernisation or casualisation? Numerical flexibility in public services'
This paper focuses on research data that highlights the way numerical flexibility undermines key aspects of public service delivery and the modernisation agenda, such as equal opportunities and recruitment and retention. It argues that the poorer terms and conditions of temporary workers provide additional support for trade union claims of the existence of a 'two-tier workforce' in local government.

Steve Fleetwood offers 'A critical-realist-socioeconomic perspective'
This article offers a critique of mainstream theories of labour markets, and presents a critical-realist alternative assessment. The author argues that labour markets are inextricably related to the social structures that create them.

Peter Nielsen and Jamie Morgan on 'From mainstream economics to the boundaries of Marxism'
This paper explores Marxism and critical realism by addressing Ben Fine's Addressing the Critical and the Real in Critical Realism. Using Fine's argument as a starting point, the authors take the opportunity to clearly define the parameters of the Cambridge-based critique of mainstream economics.

Ben Fine offers 'Debating critical realism in economics'
In offering a rejoinder to Nielsen and Morgan, Ben Fine argues once more that the relevance of critical realism for advancing the prospects of political economy rests on its moving beyond the methodological critique of deductivism alone in order to address issues of economic theory.

Matt Hampton on 'Hegemony, class struggle and the radical historiography of global monetary standards'
In this article, the author argues that a radicalised power politics pervades the Left's analysis of global monetary standards, and proposes an alternative framework that places the class relation between capital and labour at the forefront in explaining the rise and fall of these monetary standards.

Mike Bessler provides a research note on the Marxists Internet Archive
The Marxists Internet archive brings together people of widely diverging views behind the common goal of creating and maintaining the world's largest digital library of Marxist works. This article comprises a brief account of the content, organisation and usefulness of the MIA.

Alastair Rainnie on G Healy et al's The Future of Worker Representation
Lewis Higginson Michael Albert's Parecon: Life After Capitalism
Jonathan Joseph on Ellen Meiksins Wood's Empire of Capital
Luis M. Pozoon Patrick Bond and Masimba Manyanya's Zimbabwe's Plunge: Exhausted Nationalism, Neoliberalism and the Search for Social Justice


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