The Capital as Power working paper series showcases cutting edge research on the political economy of capitalist power. The series is open to a wide-range of issues: theoretical, empirical, historical or contemporary. The aim is to stimulate debate and discussion on the capital as power framework. If you are interested in submitting a working paper, please email us and put “Working Papers” in the subject line.

No. 2015/01: Hager, "Public Debt as Corporate Power"

January 6, 2015

Working Paper No. 2015/01 Sandy Brian Hager, “Public Debt as Corporate Power” In various writings Karl Marx made references to an ‘aristocracy of finance’ in Western Europe and the United States that dominated ownership of the public debt. Drawing on original research, this paper offers the first comprehensive analysis of the pattern of public debt … Read more

No. 2014/05: Fix, "Putting Power Back Into Growth Theory" (Winner of the 2014 RECASP Essay Prize)

January 6, 2015

Working Paper No. 2014/05 Blair Fix, “Putting Power Back Into Growth Theory” * Winner of the 2014 RECASP Essay Prize * 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 … Read more

No. 2014/04: Bichler and Nitzan, "Still About Oil?"

November 27, 2014

Working Paper No. 2014/04 Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “Still About Oil?” During the late 1980s and early 1990s, we identified a new Middle East phenomenon that we called ‘energy conflicts’ and argued that these conflicts were intimately linked with the global processes of capital accumulation. This paper outlines the theoretical framework we have developed over the years … Read more

No. 2014/03: Baines, "The Ethanol Boom and the Restructuring of the Food Regime"

July 16, 2014

Working Paper No. 2014/03 Joseph Baines, “The Ethanol Boom and the Restructuring of the Food Regime” [A shorter version of this paper is forthcoming at The Journal of Peasant Studies] The agrofuel boom has brought about some of the most significant transformations in the world food system in recent decades. A rich and diverse body … Read more

No. 2014/02: Fix, "Rethinking Profit: How Redistribution Drives Growth"

April 7, 2014

Working Paper No. 2014/02 Blair Fix, “Rethinking Profit: How Redistribution Drives Growth” Using a combination of heterodox economics and biophysical analysis, this paper investigates the relationship between economic distribution and the growth of material throughput. Empirical results show that the growth of “useful work” correlates with redistribution towards pro fit. Furthermore, increases in energy consumption are correlated … Read more

No. 2014/01: McMahon, "Capitalist Power, Distribution and the Order of Cinema"

March 18, 2014

Working Paper No. 2014/01 James McMahon, “Capitalist Power, Distribution and the Order of Cinema” In this paper, the structure of Hollywood film distribution will be analyzed through the lens of risk. In both its technical and conceptual senses, risk is relevant to the study of Hollywood’s dominant firms. In the interest of lowering risk, the business … Read more

No. 2013/01: Bichler and Nitzan, "Can Capitalists Afford Recovery?"

October 17, 2013

Working Paper No. 2013/01 Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, “Can Capitalists Afford Recovery? Economic Policy When Capital Is Power” Abstract: Economic, financial and social commentators from all directions and persuasion are obsessed with the prospect of recovery. The world remains mired in a deep, prolonged crisis, and the key question seems to be how to … Read more