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The Capitalist Mode of Power

Critical Engagements with the Power Theory of Value, 1st Edition

Edited by Tim Di Muzio


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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 in their Capital as Power.

Although endorsing the capital as power argument to varying extents, contributors to this volume agree that a new understanding of capital that radically departs from Marxist and Neoclassical theories cannot be ignored. Offering the first application and appraisal of Nitzan and Bichler’s theory, chapters examine the thesis in the context of energy and global capitalization, US Investment Banks, trade and investment agreements between Canada, the US and Mexico, and multinational corporations in Apartheid South Africa. Balancing theory, methodology and empirical analysis throughout, this book is accessible to new readers, whilst contextualising and advancing the original theoretical debate.

The Capitalist Mode of Power will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Political Economy, Globalization and Critical Theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Provocations of Capital as Power Tim Di Muzio Part I: The Provocation of History 2. Historicizing Capital as Power: Energy, Capitalization and Globalized Social Reproduction Tim Di Muzio Part II: The Provocations of a New Theory 3. The Power of Investment Banks: Surplus Absorption or Differential Capitalization? Sandy Brian Hager 4. NAFTA, Investiture and Distribution: The Power Underpinnings of Trade and Investment Liberalization in Canada Jordan Brennan 5. ‘A Degree of Control’: Corporations and the Struggle against South African Apartheid DT Cochrane and Jeffrey Monaghan Part III: The Provocation of Critique 6. Fighting the Power? Struggle and Resistance in ‘Capital as Power’ Dan Bousfield 7. State and Capital: False Dichotomy, Structural Super-Determinism, and Moving Beyond Sean Starrs 8. Differential Accumulation and the Political Economy of Power Samuel Knafo, Matthieu Hughes and Steffan Wyn-Jones 9. Conclusion

About the Editor

Tim Di Muzio is Lecturer in International Relations and Public Policy at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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