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Economics of Global Turbulence: The Advanced Capitalist Economies from Long Boom to Long Downturn, 1945-2005

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Overview

For years, the discipline of economics has been moving steadily away from the real world towards formalized axioms and mathematical models with only a precarious bearing on actuality. Commentators seek to fill the gap as best they can, but in the absence of real background scholarship, journalism is vulnerable to the myopias of fashion and immediacy. The deeper enigmas of post-war development remain in either case largely untouched.

Bringing together the strengths of both the economist and the historian, Robert Brenner rises to this challenge. In this work, a revised and newly introduced edition of his acclaimed New Left Review special report, he charts the turbulent post-war history of the global system and unearths the mechanisms of over-production and over-competition which lie behind its long-term crisis since the early 1970s, thereby demonstrating the thoroughly systematic factors behind wage repression, high unemployment and unequal development, and raising disturbing and far-reaching questions about its future trajectory.

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Editorial Reviews

The Nation
“A brilliant economic overview of the world’s current economic state.”
Wall Street Journal
“Here, at last—something good out of the left.”
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“A brilliant economic overview of the world’s current economic state.”—The Nation

“Here, at last—something good out of the left.”—Wall Street Journal

“Robert Brenner [is] arguably capital’s most lucid contemporary historian.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859847305
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 369
  • Sales rank: 1,259,304
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Brenner is Director of the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at UCLA. He is the author of The Boom and the Bubble, Merchants and Revolution, The Economics of Global Turbulence and co-editor of Rebel Rank and File.
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Table of Contents

Preface : dynamics of turbulence
Introduction : the puzzle of the long downturn 1
Pt. 1 The trajectory of the profit rate 11
1 Supply-side explanations : a critique 13
2 Outline of an alternative explanation 27
Pt. 2 The long upturn 41
3 The pattern of the postwar boom 43
4 The US economy : the costs of leadership 52
5 Germany : the export-driven boom 67
6 Japan's 'high-speed growth' 80
7 Accounting for the long boom 94
Pt. 3 From boom to downturn 97
8 Descent into crisis 99
9 The crisis spreads 122
Pt. 4 The long downturn 143
10 Why the long downturn? : an overview 145
11 The failure of Keynesianism, 1973-79 164
12 The US counter-offensive 187
Pt. 5 Prosperity regained? 237
13 The long downturn and the 'secular trend' 239
14 A new long upturn? 250
Afterword : deepening turbulence? 266
App. I Profit rates and productivity growth 345
App. II Sources for main variables 349
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