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Why Diamonds and De Beers?, or The Need for Accumulation Studies

April 15, 2016
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Preface. I successfully defended my dissertation in December. This served as the introductory presentation for the defence. In it, I explain what I tried to do with the dissertation, the methods I used, and the larger project I hope it is initiating. Specifically, I suggest there is a need for accumulation studies as a field … Read More

Social Change and the Bottom Line

April 14, 2016

The North Carolina legislature recently passed a law, widely known as the ‘Bathroom Bill,’ that bans anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people. The law has generated a lot of backlash from the general public and several high-profile musicians have cancelled scheduled appearances in the state. However, it is not just activists or celebrities who … Read More

From Global Oil Politics to Desire via Gas Prices

April 12, 2016

The Globe & Mail is reporting that the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles sold in 2014 dropped for the first time since 2011. The coverage suggests this is a response to falling prices at the gas pump. First, without access to the relevant data for a longer time period, it is difficult to know … Read More

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Publications

Philip H. Howard, Concentration and Power in the Food System

February 26, 2016
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ABSTRACT This book seeks to illuminate which firms have become the most dominant, and more importantly, how they shape and reshape society in their efforts to increase their control. These dynamics have received insufficient attention from academics and even critics of the current food system. The power of dominant firms extends far beyond narrow economic … Read More

Acumulación de capital: ficción y realidad

January 6, 2016

ABSTRACT (Spanish) ¿Qué quieren decir los economistas cuando hablan de “acumulación de capital’? La respuesta es todo, menos clara. La opinión convencional es que hay dos tipos de capital: real y financiero, que deben guardar correspondencia y que, infortunadamente, la mayoría de las veces no se corresponden, pues el crecimiento del capital financiero tiende a … Read More

Capital Accumulation: Fiction and Reality

October 3, 2015

ABSTRACT What do economists mean when they talk about “capital accumulation”? Surprisingly, the answer to this question is anything but clear, and it seems the most unclear in times of turmoil. Consider the “financial crisis” of the late 2000s. The very term already attests to the presumed nature and causes of the crisis, which most … Read More

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Working Papers

No. 2016/02: Cochrane, “Why Diamonds and De Beers?, or The Need for Accumulation Studies”

April 27, 2016
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Working Paper No. 2016/02 D.T. Cochrane, “Why Diamonds and De Beers?, or The Need for Accumulation Studies” I successfully defended my dissertation in December. This served as the introductory presentation for the defence. In it, I explain what I tried to do with the dissertation, the methods I used, and the larger project I hope … Read More

No. 2016/01: Debailleul, Bichler and Nitzan, “Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory”

February 17, 2016
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Working Paper No. 2016/01 Corentin Debailleul, Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory” This working paper contains an intervention by Corentin Debailleul and an extended reply by Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan. The exchange was first posted on the Capital as Power Forum in January 2016. Debailleul’s original questions … Read More

No. 2015/04: Bichler and Nitzan, “The CasP Project: Past, Present, Future”

December 22, 2015
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Working Paper No. 2015/04 Shimson Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “The CasP Project: Past, Present, Future” The study of capital as power (CasP) began when we were students in the 1980s and has since expanded into a broader project involving a growing number of researchers and new areas of inquiry. This paper provides a bird’s-eye view … Read More

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BN Archives

Capitalizing Obesity

Bichler, Shimshon and Nitzan, Jonathan. (2016). Research Note. April. April 2016. pp. 1-5. (Article - Working Paper; English).

Reading Notes on the Book Capital as Power

Wajnsztejn, Jacques. (2016). Temps critiques. March. March 2016. (Review; English).

The Capitalist Algorithm. Reflections on Robert Harris' 'The Fear Index' (Reprint)

Nitzan, Jonathan and Bichler, Shimshon. (2014). Dissident Voice. 7. March. 7 March 2014. (Article - Magazine; English).

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Critical Mass Forum

Political Economy • Re: Capitalizing Obesity

April 25, 2016

I would suggest that the relationship between obesity and accumulation is - of course - more complex than a dialectical flip from poverty to gluttony ...

Political Economy • Re: Capitalizing Obesity

April 19, 2016

I agree that it is not really relevant what capitalists think about obesity, nor any other topic.Re blairfix's point on calorie expenditure -- I have ...

Political Economy • Re: Capitalizing Obesity

April 17, 2016

But if the quest for differential capitalization forces them to amplify these processes, what difference does it make what they think?Exact Jonathan. ...

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RECASP Journal

Putting Power Back Into Growth Theory

Blair Fix
Vol. 1, No. 2 2015

Can Capitalists Afford Recovery?

Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler
Vol. 1, No. 1 2013/2014

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

Joseph Baines
Vol. 1, No. 1 2013/2014

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