A Theory of Imperialism

Paperback | November 1, 2016

byUtsa Patnaik, Prabhat Patnaik

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In A Theory of Imperialism, economists Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik present a new theory of the origins and mechanics of capitalism that sounds an alarm about its ongoing viability. Their theory centers on trade between the core economies of the global North and the tropical and subtropical countries of the global South and considers how the Northern demand for commodities (such as agricultural products and oil) from the South has perpetuated and solidified an imperialist relationship. The Patnaiks explore the dynamics of this process and discuss innovations that could allow the economies of the South to achieve greater prosperity without damaging the economies of the North. The result is an original theory of imperialism that brings to light the crippling limitations of neoliberal capitalism.

A Theory of Imperialism also includes a response by David Harvey, who interprets the agrarian system differently and sees other factors affecting trade between the North and the South. Their debate is one of the most provocative exchanges yet over the future of the global economy as resources grow thin, populations explode, and universal prosperity becomes ever more elusive.

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In A Theory of Imperialism, economists Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik present a new theory of the origins and mechanics of capitalism that sounds an alarm about its ongoing viability. Their theory centers on trade between the core economies of the global North and the tropical and subtropical countries of the global South and consid...

Utsa Patnaik is professor emerita and Prabhat Patnaik is professor emeritus at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Utsa's books include The Agrarian Question in the Neoliberal Era (2011) and The Republic of Hunger and Other Essays (2007). Prabhat is the author most re...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231179790

ISBN - 13:9780231179799

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Akeel BilgramiPreface1. Introduction2. The Threat of Increasing Supply Price3. Coping with the Threat4. The Reserve Army of Labour in the Periphery5. Capitalism, Poverty, and Inequality6. Further Elaborations and Clarifications7. Metropolitan Demand on Tropical Landmass: The Empirical Picture8. The International Monetary System: Some Issues in Political Economy9. Some Concluding RemarksA Commentary on A Theory of Imperialism, by David HarveyA Response to David Harvey's CommentsNotesReferencesIndex

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This is the best book-length treatment on the economic aspects of imperialism to have been published in the past several decades. It is theoretically powerful and empirically scrupulous, and its historical range covers the entire span of imperialism from the colonial period down to the present day