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.
Lucia Pradella works at the University of Venice, Ca' Foscari, and is a Research Associate in the SOAS Department of Development Studies. She is author of Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis (Pluto, 2014), Globalisation and the Critique of Political Economy (2014) and L'Attualita del 'Capitale' (2010). Thomas Marois is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London. He is the author of Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis (Pluto, 2014) and States, Banks and Crisis: Emerging Finance Capitalism in Mexico and Turkey (2012).
Foreword 1. Introduction: Polarizing Development - Introducing Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis by Thomas Marois and Lucia Pradella Part I: Alternative Themes 2. Beyond Impoverishment: Western Europe in the World Economy by Lucia Pradella 3. Banking on Alternatives to Neoliberal Development by Thomas Marois 4. The Political Economy of Development: Statism or Marxism? by Benjamin Selwyn 5. The Globalisation of Production and the Struggle for Workers' Unity: Lessons from Bangladesh by John Smith 6. The `rise of the south' by Alfredo Saad-Filho 7. Hegemony in Question: US Primacy, Multi-Polarity and Global Resistance by Jerome Klassen 8. Neoliberalism, Crisis and International Migration by Pietro Basso 9. Neoliberalism, Social Reproduction and Women's resistance: Lessons from Cambodia and Venezuela by Sarah Miraglia and Susan Spronk 10. Exploding in the Air: Beyond the Carbon trail of Neoliberal Globalisation by Andreas Malm 11. Defend, Militate and Alternate: Public Options in a Privatized World by David A. McDonald 12. Utopian Socialism and Marx's Capital: Envisioning Alternatives by Hugo Radice Part II: Alternative Cases 13. Beyond Neoliberalism and new Developmentalism in Latin America: towards an anti-Capitalist Agenda by Abelardo Marina-Flores 14. Crisis and Class, Advance and Retreat: the Political Economy of the New Latin American Left by Jeffery R. Webber 15. Taking Control: Decommodification and Peasant alternatives to neoliberalism in Mexico and Brazil by Leandro Vergara-Camus 16. The Rise of East Asia: A Slippery Floor for the Left by Dae-oup Chang 17. Labour as an Agent of Change: The Case of China by Tim Pringle 18. Alternatives to Neoliberalism in India by Rohini Hensman 19. Musical Chairs on the side-lines: The Challenges of Social Transformation in Neo-Colonial Africa by Baba Aye 20. Challenging Neoliberalism in the Arab World by Adam Hanieh 21. Socialist Feminist Alternatives to Neoliberalism in Turkey by Demet OEzmen Yilmaz 22. Uneven Development and Political Resistance against EU Austerity Politics by Angela Wigger and Laura Horn 23. Crisis, Austerity and Resistance in the United States by David McNally List of contributors Index