Historical Materialism conference 2011 – this week!

The 2011 Historical Materialism conference takes place this week in central London. Pluto has a number of authors speaking including Ben Fine, Esther Leslie, China Mieville, Sheila Cohen, Andrew Kliman and Gilbert Achcar. There will also be a launch for Pluto’s ‘Future of World Capitalism’ series with Alan Freeman, Radhika Desai, Henry Heller, Costas Panayotakis and Roger van Zwanenberg on Friday at 2.15pm, in SOAS room 4418.

For booking details and a full conference timetable visit Historical Materialism.

Remaking Scarcity

From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy

Costas Panayotakis. Foreword by Joel Kovel

Powerful challenge to the current neoliberal economic orthodoxy. Asserts that economic democracy should be the new guiding principle for humanity.

“This book combines theoretical boldness and the determination to extend Marxian theory. It deserves to be read as another impressive product of the global rethinkings of Marxism now engaged in building a Marxism for the twenty-first century.” – Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Capitalist-produced scarcity proves to be an extraordinarily enlightening vantage point from which to analyse both capitalism and its socialist alternatives. Panayotakis’s book provides an extremely scholarly, insightful and well-argued contribution – with ecology and feminism given the attention often denied them – to this crucially important literature. Highly Recommended!” – Bertell Ollman, Department of Politics, New York University, author of Dance of the Dialectic: Marx’s Method and other works

£18.99 only £17.00 on the Pluto site

The Birth of Capitalism

A 21st Century Perspective

Henry Heller

Fresh intervention into the historical debate over the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Considers the past and possible future of capitalism.

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

First the Transition, then the Crash

Eastern Europe in the 2000s

Edited by Gareth Dale

Comprehensive survey of the economic crisis in eastern europe. Detailed analysis outlines failings of the neoliberal capitalist model in the region.

“Central and Eastern Europe is a neoliberal horror story. The details are well told here: of “grabitization” kleptocracies, NATO expansion and capital flight. These well-packaged studies show how U.S.-sponsored “reforms” de-industrialized Russia and other post-Soviet states. … This story needs to be known.’” – Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism (Pluto Press, 2003)

“Radical political economy finally comes resurgent in the former communist countries. Dale and his collaborators comprehensively cover the transitions, from Hungary to the Russian Pacific. The best alternative survey of how the post-communist entrants are faring in 21st-century capitalism.” – Georgi Derluguian, author of Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-Systems Biography

£25 only £22.50 on the Pluto site

The Failure of Capitalist Production

Underlying Causes of the Great Recession

Andrew Kliman

“One of the very best of the rapidly growing series of works seeking to explain our economic crisis. … The scholarship is exemplary and the writing is crystal clear. Highly recommended! “ – Professor Bertell Ollman, New York University, author of Dance of the Dialectic

“Clear, rigorous and combative. Kliman demonstrates that the current economic crisis is a consequence of the fundamental dynamic of capitalism, unlike the vast bulk of superficial contemporary commentary that passes for economic analysis.” – Rick Kuhn, Deutscher Prize winner, Reader in Politics at the Australian National University

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

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