'This accessible but deeply disturbing book is not only the most authoritative study of the Israeli State to date, but also a significant contribution to state theory and globalisation ...A masterpiece.' Ronen Palan, Professor of International Political Economy, University of Sussex. 'A 'Must' read for anyone interested in the debate about globalization and its discontents.' Joseph H.H. Weiler, Jean Monnet Professor of Law, NYU School of Law 'Undoubtedly the most riveting and outstanding political-economy book you would have read this year.' Globe Over the past century, Israel has been transformed from an agricultural colony, to a welfare-warfare state, to a globally integrated "market economy" characterised by great income disparities. What lies behind this transformation? In order to understand capitalist development, argue Bichler and Nitzan, we need to break the artificial separation between "economics" and "politics", and think of accumulation itself as "capitalisation of power". Applying this concept to Israel, they reveal the big picture that never makes it to the news.
Diverse processes - such as regional conflicts and energy crises, ruling class formation and dominant ideology, militarism and dependency, inflation and recession, the politics of high-technology and the transnationalisation of ownership - are all woven into a single story. The result is a fascinating account of one of the world's most volatile regions.
Jonathan Nitzan teaches political economy at York University in Toronto. Shimshon Bichler teaches political economy at colleges and universities in Israel.
1. Introduction 2. Capital and Power: Breaking the Dualism of 'Economics' and 'Politics' 3. The History of Israel's Power Structure 4. The Making of Stagflation 5. The Weapondollar-Petrodollar Coalition 6. From Foreign Investors to Transnational Ownership References Index