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Capitalism Unleashed: Finance, Globalization, and Welfare
by Andrew Glyn
Free enterprise is off the leash and chasing new opportunities for profit making across the globe. After a turbulent century of unprecedented social and technological change, Capitalism has emerged as the dominant ideology and model for economic growth in the richest, most developed countries. But only thirty years ago economic growth was faltering, inflation rising and th...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published August 23rd 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 2006)
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Capitalism Unleashed is a straightforward, accessible volume that details the main drift of the global political economy over the course of the last three decades. Though the book is densely packed with facts and figures, charts and graphs, and technical data documenting phenomena such as Foreign Direct Investment flows or foreign exchange rates, it is guided at all times by a keen eye toward the social relations behind the numbers. At the heart of the book is an analysis of the shifting balance...more
Glyn gives a bird's-eye view of OECD economies from the 60s to the present day, maintaining--like a good Marxist--a focus on labor. Certain chapters were more readable than others, and of course the language sometimes went into the hopelessly vague and broad, but ultimately a handy guide to the basic machinations and developments of capitalism in the wealthy countries.