Economics and Power: An Historical Perspective – Conference Call for Papers

Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought 14th Conference – Call for Papers; 28-30 April 2016 Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy) The Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought invites historians of economic thought, economic historians, economists and interested scholars to present proposals for papers and/or sessions along the lines listed below, or Continue Reading

Video of Blair Fix's Presentation – Economic Growth as a Power Process

Is economic growth a miracle of the free market? According to mainstream theory, growth is best ensured through conditions of ‘perfect competition’. However, economic growth is tightly correlated with the concentration of power in the hands of large corporations. Why? The capital as power framework provides potential answers that turn mainstream theory on its head: Continue Reading

Video of Jonathan Nitzan's Presentation – The CasP Project: Past, Present, Future

Bichler, Shimshon and Nitzan, Jonathan. (2015). Presentation at York University. 20. October. 2015. The study of capital as power 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. The presentation explores what we have learned so far, Continue Reading

The Enduring Power of GE The Enduring Power of GE (Tuesday Nov . 17. 3-5pm)

Abstract or Brief Description General Electric (GE) has demonstrated extraordinary longevity in the upper echelon of U.S. corporations. From 1925 to 2013, the company has never fallen below 10th in the rankings of firms by market capitalization. The only other firm to match this feat is the oil giant ExxonMobil. GE’s durability is remarkable given Continue Reading

Blockbuster Cinema: Hollywood’s Obsession with Low Risk (Tuesday, Nov 3, 3-5pm)

Blockbuster Cinema: Hollywood’s Obsession with Low Risk York University presentation by James McMahon ABSTRACT: Hollywood is obsessed with blockbusters – for 20 years the major studios have been making them, and it appears that blockbuster cinema will be with us for many years to come. This presentation will theoretically and empirically explain how blockbusters, and Continue Reading

Capital as Power: Broadening the Vista – (Conference Postponed to 2016)

(Conference Postponed to 2016) The theory of capital as power (CasP) offers a radical alternative to mainstream and Marxist theories of capitalism. It argues that capital symbolizes and quantifies not utility or labour but organized power writ large, and that capitalism is best understood and challenged not as a mode of consumption and production, but Continue Reading

First Speaker Series on the Capitalist Mode of Power

*** The First Speaker Series on the Capitalist Mode of Power was sponsored by the York Department of Political Science and the Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought. Talks were held at York University, Toronto, Canada and the series ran from October to November 2013 *** Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 Can Capitalists Afford Recovery? Economic Policy Continue Reading

3rd Annual Conference – Capitalizing Power: The qualities and quantities of accumulation

Power from Above, Power from Below — Tim Di Muzio & Jonathan Nitzan No Way Out: Crime, Punishment & the Capitalization of Power — by Jonathan Nitzan New Dynamics of Power — Jeffrey Harrod & Herman Schwartz Restructuring Against Resistance — Joseph Baines What Happened to the Bondholding Class? — Sandy Hager Capitalist Power, Continue Reading