Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9780745334691 Published November 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745334707 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Polarizing Development

Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis

Edited by Lucia Pradella and Thomas Marois

Polarizing Development

Edited by Lucia Pradella and Thomas Marois

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 5.90551 x 9.05512
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9780745334691 Published November 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780745334707 Published June 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The global economic crisis has exposed the limits of neoliberalism and dramatically deepened social polarization. Yet, despite increasing social resistance and opposition, neoliberalism prevails globally.

Radical alternatives, moreover, are only rarely debated. And if they are, such alternatives are reduced to new Keynesian and new developmental agendas, which fail to address existing class divisions and imperialist relations of domination.

This collection of essays polarizes the debate between radical and reformist alternatives by exploring head-on the antagonistic structure of capitalist development. The contributors ground their proposals in an international, non-Eurocentric and Marxian inspired analysis of capitalism and its crises. From Latin America to Asia, Africa to the Middle East and Europe to the US, social and labour movements have emerged as the protagonists behind creating alternatives.

This book’s new generation of scholars has written accessible yet theoretically informed and empirically rich chapters elaborating radical worldwide strategies for moving beyond neoliberalism, and beyond capitalism. The intent is to provoke critical reflection and positive action towards substantive change.


1. Introduction: Polarizing Development – Introducing Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis
Thomas Marois and Lucia Pradella
Part I: Alternative Themes
2. Beyond Impoverishment: Western Europe in the World Economy
Lucia Pradella
3. Banking on Alternatives to Neoliberal Development
Thomas Marois
4. The Political Economy of Development: Statism or Marxism?
Benjamin Selwyn
5. The Globalisation of Production and the Struggle for Workers’ Unity: Lessons from Bangladesh
John Smith
6. The ‘rise of the south’
Alfredo Saad-Filho
7. Hegemony in Question: US Primacy, Multi-Polarity and Global Resistance
Jerome Klassen
8. Neoliberalism, Crisis and International Migration
Pietro Basso
9. Neoliberalism, Social Reproduction and Women’s resistance: Lessons from Cambodia and Venezuela
Sarah Miraglia and Susan Spronk
10. Exploding in the Air: Beyond the Carbon trail of Neoliberal Globalisation
Andreas Malm
11. Defend, Militate and Alternate: Public Options in a Privatized World
David A. McDonald
12. Utopian Socialism and Marx’s Capital: Envisioning Alternatives
Hugo Radice
Part II: Alternative Cases
13. Beyond Neoliberalism and new Developmentalism in Latin America: towards an anti-Capitalist Agenda
Abelardo Mariña-Flores
14. Crisis and Class, Advance and Retreat: the Political Economy of the New Latin American Left
Jeffery R. Webber
15. Taking Control: Decommodification and Peasant alternatives to neoliberalism in Mexico and Brazil
Leandro Vergara-Camus
16. The Rise of East Asia: A Slippery Floor for the Left
Dae-oup Chang
17. Labour as an Agent of Change: The Case of China
Tim Pringle
18. Alternatives to Neoliberalism in India
Rohini Hensman
19. Musical Chairs on the side-lines: The Challenges of Social Transformation in Neo-Colonial Africa
Baba Aye
20. Challenging Neoliberalism in the Arab World
Adam Hanieh
21. Socialist Feminist Alternatives to Neoliberalism in Turkey
Demet Özmen Y lmaz
22. Uneven Development and Political Resistance against EU Austerity Politics
Angela Wigger and Laura Horn
23. Crisis, Austerity and Resistance in the United States
David McNally
List of contributors

Review Quotes
Review of African Political Economy
"This book raises a wide range of issues which should be discussed and researched in greater detail. The editors have successfully brought together a wide range of scholars, broadly working within a radical and often Marxist tradition. Many of the authors are creatively adapting the traditional tools to the current challenges of global inequalities within as much as between countries, to tackle issues such as climate change and the changing nature of imperialist competition. The global reach and non-sectarian approach of the authors provide an accessible introduction to the continued and creative power of Marxist analysis, when wielded in an open and inclusive direction."
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