Classical Political Economy: Primitive Accumulation and the Social Division of Labor

Classical Political Economy: Primitive Accumulation and the Social Division of Labor

by Michael Perelman

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Classical Political Economy: Primitive Accumulation and the Social Division of Labor by Michael Perelman

Classical Political Economy addresses the question of what determines the social division of labour, the division of society into independent firms and industries and develops the theoretical implications of primitive accumulation. It also offers a significantly different interpretation of classical political economy, demonstrating that this school of thought supported the process of primitive accumulation.

Classical political economy presents an imposing facade. For more than two centuries, the accepted doctrine dictates that a market generates forces that provide the most efficient method for organising production. This laissez faire approach is an ideology that gives capital absolute freedom of action, and yet called for intervention to coerce people to do things that they would not otherwise do. Classical political economy therefore encouraged policies that would hinder people's ability to produce for their own needs.

Michael Perelman, however, in this innovative take on the subject, seeks to challenge the ideologies that would allow things to continue in this line unchecked.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865980952
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/1984
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Perelman is Professor of Economics at California State University, Chico, USA.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Dark Designs
1. Primitive Accumulation
2. A Great Beginning
3. Sir James Steuart's Secret History of Primitive Accumulation
4. The Classics as Cossacks: Classical Political Economy Versus the Working Class
5. The Revisionist History of Professor Adam Smith
6. Benjamin Franklin and the Smithian Ideology of Slavery and Wage Labor
7. The Counterattack
8. Notes on Lenin and the Forging of Revolutionary Smithianism
Epilogue
References
Index

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