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Protecting the Game from the Players

June 7, 2016
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In certain circles, Charlie Munger is a demi-god. He is the vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company controlled by the god of markets himself, or rather, Warren Buffett. The words spoken and written by both Buffett and Munger are treated as divine insights on the way the world works or ought to work. Recently, Munger … Read More

Corporate Taxation and the Power Theory of Value

May 4, 2016
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This is a (longer) draft version of an article that is under consideration for the newsletter of the Tax Justice Network: Tax Justice Focus.  Taxation is all about power. We are constantly reminded of this when flipping through any newspaper (or browsing any news website). The Panama Papers, the stuff of which front page headlines … Read More

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

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Publications

Hana Kivisto, Capital as Power and the Corporatization of Education

June 28, 2016

ABSTRACT Building on the definition of critical education residing in the crossroads of cultural politics and political economy, this theoretical article offers an inquiry into the intersection between critical education research and the central ritual of contemporary capitalism – capitalisation. This article outlines four current approaches in education research literature to the corporatisation of education. … Read More

Sandy Brian Hager, Public Debt, Inequality, and Power: The Making of a Modern Debt State

June 27, 2016
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ABSTRACT Who are the dominant owners of US public debt? Is it widely held, or concentrated in the hands of a few? Does ownership of public debt give these bondholders power over our government? What do we make of the fact that foreign-owned debt has ballooned to nearly 50 percent today? Until now, we have … Read More

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

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Working Papers

No. 2016/04: Fix, “Energy and Institution Size”

June 20, 2016
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Why do institutions grow? Despite nearly a century of scientific effort, there remains little consensus on this topic. This paper offers a new approach that focuses on energy consumption. A systematic relation exists between institution size and energy consumption per capita: as energy consumption increases, institutions become larger. I hypothesize that this relation results from … Read More

No. 2016/03: Di Muzio and Dow, “Uneven and Combined Confusion: On the Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism and the Rise of the West”

June 11, 2016
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This article offers a critique of Alexander Anievas and Kerem Nişancioğlu’s How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism. We argue that while all historiography features a number of silences, shortcomings or omissions, the omissions in How the West Came to Rule lead to a mistaken view of the emergence of capitalism. … Read More

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

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BN Archives

Human Security, Consumer Confidence, and the Future of Neoliberalism

Nitzan, Jonathan. (2001). November. pp. 1-5. (Article - Monograph; English).

Capital as Power and the Corporatization of Education

Kivisto, Hanna. (2016). Critical Studies in Education. January. pp. 1-17. (Article - Journal; English).

CasP Conference on "Capital as Power: Broadening the Vista"

Nitzan, Jonathan. (2016). York University, Toronto. 28-30 September. (Other; English).

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Critical Mass Forum

Political Economy • Re: Do benchmarks have a benchmark?

July 18, 2016

Excellent question Troy. My gut instinct would be that the goal is to beat the rate of interest. If you cant't do that than there is no point in owning ...

Political Economy • Do benchmarks have a benchmark?

July 18, 2016

One of CasP central insights is that accumulation is a relative process. Owners assess their fortunes against various benchmarks to evaluate success or ...

Research • Re: Education

June 17, 2016

Here is an excellent article looking at hierarchy and prestige within academic hiring:http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/ ... 00005.fullThe academic ...

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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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