Differential Taxation: The Case of American Banking

Mladen Ostojić Abstract This paper maps an empirical history of corporate profit and taxation in the United States, with a special focus on the differential profit and taxation of banks relative to other corporations. An examination of these trends reveals a striking anomaly within the American banking sector: from the early 1980s until the financial […]

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Propertization: The Process by which Financial Corporate Power has Risen and Collapsed

Jongchul Kim Abstract Elsewhere I argue that the legal concept of property was created in the image of money in the late Roman Republic. Since then, the division of property and contract has been an underlying structure of Western law. The paper argues that a main way of structuring financial corporate power, especially money market […]

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Theory and Praxis, Theory and Practice, Practical Theory

Corentin DeBailleul, Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan Abstract In their paper ‘The CasP Project: Past, Present and Future’, Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan invite readers to engage critically with their theoretical framework, known as capital as power (CasP). This call for further research, reactions and critiques is the perfect occasion to raise a few questions […]

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Putting Power Back into Growth Theory

Blair Fix Abstract Neoclassical growth theory assumes that economic growth is an atomistic process in which changes in distribution play no role. Unfortunately, when this assumption is tested against real-world evidence, it is systematically violated. This paper argues that a reality-based growth theory must reject neoclassical principles in favour of a power-centered approach. Building on […]

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

Joseph Baines Abstract This article offers a power theory of value analysis of Wal-Mart’s contested expansion in the retail business. More specifically, it draws on, and develops, some aspects of the capital as power framework so as to provide the first clear quantitative explication of the company’s power trajectory to date. After rapid growth in […]

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The Rise of a Confident Hollywood: Risk and the Capitalization of Cinema

James McMahon Abstract This paper investigates the historical development of risk in the Hollywood film business. Using opening theatres as a proxy for future expectations, the paper demonstrates how, from 1981 to 2011, Hollywood has improved its ability to predict the financial rankings of its films. More specifically, the Hollywood film business has become better […]

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The Buy-to-Build Indicator: New Estimates for Britain and the United States

Joseph A. Francis Abstract This note presents new long-term estimates of what Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler have named the ‘buy-­to-­build indicator’, which is calculated as the value of mergers and acquisitions as a percentage of gross capital formation. Keywords Britain, buy-to-build indicator, mergers and acquisitions, United States Citation Joseph A. Francis (2013), ‘The Buy-to-Built […]

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Francis’ Buy-to-Build Estimates for Britain and the United States: A Comment

Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan Abstract Comments on Francis’ new estimates of the buy-to-build indicator for the United States and Britain. These estimates offer a welcome correction, modifications and additions to the U.S. numbers that we first presented in 1999 and later updated. Keywords Britain, buy-to-build indicator, merges and acquisitions, United States Citation Shimshon Bichler […]

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The 1%, Exploitation and Wealth

Shimshon Bichler, Jonathan Nitzan and Tim Di Muzio Abstract Tim Di Muzio interviews Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan about how their ‘capital as power’ framework fits with the Occupy Wallstreet movement, the Marxist theory of exploitation, and the origins of wealth. Keywords capital as power, exploitation, Marxism, Occupy Wall Street, power theory of value, the […]

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