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The Oil Price: Differential Accumulation and Punishing One’s Rivals

November 27, 2014
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According to some forecasters the price of oil might hit $75 a barrel soon. Goldman Sachs has even predicted a $70 barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) in 2015. If the price does drop this low it will be a dramatic change from the recent status quo; a relatively stable, higher price of over 90 … Read More

Accumulatory Struggles in the Labratory

November 18, 2014
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A systemic review [PDF] of systemic reviews of scientific literature on the relationship between sugar and obesity found, unsurprisingly, that there is bias in the reviews conducted on behalf of the sugar business. The review’s conclusion reads: “Financial conflicts of interest may bias conclusions from SRs [systemic reviews] on SSB [sugar-sweetened beverages] consumption and weight … Read More

Capital as Power and Freelance Creative Work 4

November 17, 2014
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Resonance and dissonance in the rhythms of freelance creative work In the last blog, I applied some of Nitzan and Bichler’s ideas to freelance work in the creative industries. I utilised their conceptualisation of the distinction between creativity and power, and of the sabotage of the former by the latter. Nitzan and Bichler describe the … Read More

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Publications

Wal-Mart’s Power Trajectory: A Contribution to the Political Economy of the Firm

March 16, 2014
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This article offers a power theory of value analysis of Wal-Mart’s contested expansion in the retail business. More specifically, it draws on, and develops, some aspects of the capital as power framework so as to provide the first clear quantitative explication of the company’s power trajectory to date. After rapid growth in the first four … Read More

No Way Out: Crime, Punishment and the Capitalization of Power

January 14, 2014
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The United States is often hailed as the world’s largest ‘free market’. But this ‘free market’ is also the world’s largest penal colony. It holds over seven million adults – roughly five per cent of the labour force – in jail, in prison, on parole and on probation. Is this an anomaly, or does the … Read More

The Capitalist Mode of Power: Critical Engagements with the Power Theory of Value

August 26, 2013
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This edited volume offers the first critical engagement with one of the most provocative and controversial theories in political economy: the thesis that capital can be theorized as power and that capital is finance and only finance. The book also includes a detailed introduction to this novel thesis first put forward by Nitzan and Bichler … Read More

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Working Papers

No. 2014/04: Bichler and Nitzan, “Still About Oil?”

November 27, 2014
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Working Paper No. 2014/04 Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “Still About Oil?” During the late 1980s and early 1990s, we identified a new Middle East phenomenon that we called ‘energy conflicts’ and argued that these conflicts were intimately linked with the global processes of capital accumulation. This paper outlines the theoretical framework we have developed over the years … Read More

No. 2014/03: Baines, “The Ethanol Boom and the Restructuring of the Food Regime”

July 16, 2014
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Working Paper No. 2014/03 Joseph Baines, “The Ethanol Boom and the Restructuring of the Food Regime” [A shorter version of this paper is forthcoming at The Journal of Peasant Studies] The agrofuel boom has brought about some of the most significant transformations in the world food system in recent decades. A rich and diverse body … Read More

No. 2014/02: Fix, “Rethinking Profit: How Redistribution Drives Growth”

April 7, 2014
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Working Paper No. 2014/02 Blair Fix, “Rethinking Profit: How Redistribution Drives Growth” Using a combination of heterodox economics and biophysical analysis, this paper investigates the relationship between economic distribution and the growth of material throughput. Empirical results show that the growth of “useful work” correlates with redistribution towards pro fit. Furthermore, increases in energy consumption are correlated … Read More

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Critical Mass Forum

Political Economy • Re: Bringing energy back in

November 27, 2014

Here's a little more data relating corporate employment concentration and energy consumption. This time I look at the global level. Data is only available ...

Research • Re: Decomposing Dominant Capital

November 20, 2014

I also had the data for the Fortune 500 from 1955 to 2008. Fifty-four of the firms (2.2%) have endured the entire time. There was also a large spike of ...

Research • Re: Decomposing Dominant Capital

November 19, 2014

blairfix wrote:Very interesting work, Troy. What is this CRSP database you speak of? I'm interested in extending my dataset prior to 1950.Hi Blair,It's ...

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