SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis

Professor Adam Morton (Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney, Australia) and Professor Andreas Bieler (School of Politics and International Relations, Nottingham University, UK)

Date: 8 March 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 8 March 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

This presentation draws from a wider book project that attempts to assess the social forces shaping the past and present of the global political economy from the perspective of historical materialism. It does so by providing a novel intervention on debates within theories of ‘the international’ to address pressing concerns related to the contemporary expansion of global capitalism, global war, and global crisis. First, conceiving the interrelationship of global capitalism, global war and global crisis as a struggle-driven process is a major contribution of the argument. Through a set of conceptual reflections, on agency and structure and the role of discourses embedded in the economy, the point of departure of class struggle is therefore established. Second, the key thematic considerations of global capitalism, global war and global crisis from a class perspective are addressed. This involves analysing historical and contemporary themes on the expansion of capitalism through uneven and combined development (global capitalism), the role of the state and geopolitics (global war), and conditions of exploitation and resistance (global crisis) within the global political economy. The conceptual reflections and thematic considerations raised in the first two moves are then extended in a series of empirical reflections. These include the ‘rising powers’ of the BRICS and China (global capitalism), conditions of the ‘new imperialism’ (global war), and the financial crisis since the 2007-8 Great Recession (global crisis).

Adam Morton is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He previously served as co-director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham. His work focuses on themes of political economy, state theory, historical sociology, and globalisation and development, particularly in relation to Mexico and Latin America. His most recent book is Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development. Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Nottingham and Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social and Economic Justice. His research focuses on the global dynamics of capitalism, neoliberal globalisation and the possibilities for resistance. The aim of his research is to understand the current struggles over the future of the EU, with a focus on resistance to the Anglo-American model of capitalism, with special attention to the possible role of trade unions. His most recent book is Labour and Transnational Action in Times of Crisis.


Organiser: Professor Alfredo Saad Filho or Dr Feyzi Ismail

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