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How will capitalism end? : essays on a failing system

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    The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper In How Will Capitalism End? the acclaimed analyst of contemporary politics and economics Wolfgang Streeck argues that capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth is giving way to secular stagnation; inequality is leading to instability; and confidence in the capitalist money economy has all but evaporated. Capitalism's shotgun marriage with democracy since 1945 is breaking up as the regulatory institutions restraining its advance have collapsed, and after the final victory of capitalism over its enemies no political agency capable of rebuilding them is in sight. The capitalist system is stricken with at least five worsening disorders for which no cure is at hand: declining growth, oligarchy, starvation of the public sphere, corruption and international anarchy. In this arresting book Wolfgang Streeck asks if we are witnessing a long and painful period of cumulative decay: of intensifying frictions, of fragility and uncertainty, and of a steady succession of 'normal accidents'.

    • Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 How Will Capitalism End?
    • ch. 2 Crises of Democratic Capitalism
    • ch. 3 Citizens as Customers: Considerations on the New Politics of Consumption
    • ch. 4 Rise of the European Consolidation State
    • ch. 5 Markets and Peoples: Democratic Capitalism and European Integration
    • ch. 6 Heller, Schmitt and the Euro
    • ch. 7 Why the Euro Divides Europe
    • ch. 8 Comment on Wolfgang Merkel, `Is Capitalism Compatible with Democracy?'
    • ch. 9 How to Study Contemporary Capitalism?
    • ch. 10 On Fred Block, `Varieties of What? Should We Still Be Using the Concept of Capitalism?'
    • ch. 11 Public Mission of Sociology.
    Original Publisher: New Westminster, B.C., Post Hypnotic Press
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781784784010, 9781772561463, 9781772561494