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Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists

Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists
World Capitalism and Global History

First Edition

December 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE India

Capitalism is often recognised as a realisation of the bourgeois revolution—war to the castles and peace to the huts.

This book argues that a lack in perception of the progressive aspects of capitalism has resulted in policy measures that have frequently been defeated. It brings out the importance of capitalism as the promise of being able to attain socialism. Based on modern economics of a post-Keynesian nature, it rejects mechanistic Marxism and the civilisational process of cultural turn thinking.

The book is a comprehensive analysis of the origins of capitalism, its contradictions, the dynamics of non-capitalist societies and the challenges of globalisation (including  theories of imperialism). 

Introduction: Defending Capitalism Against the Privileged
Profitable Capitalism and Rising Mass Incomes
Stratification Without Transition to Capitalism and the European Distinctiveness
Pre-capitalist Origins of Culture: The A-cultural Character of Capitalism and the Cultural Turn
The Nature of Capitalism
Globalisation and Its Contradictions
Alliances for Imposing Capitalism: The Globalisation of Profit Against the Globalisation of Rent
An International Community of Rentier Governments: Noble Intentions or a Return to the Past

[The author] presents a new way of looking at the right-left debate with his labour empowerment theory… The book is very well-researched…contains interesting facts gathered from around the world…an interesting read for students of economic history and theory.

DAWN, 13 March 2016

This normative position about free functioning capitalism is the premise upon which the book, Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists, derives the agenda of democratic socialism... the book discusses how the capitalist market fails to address the rising demand for environmental protection or for provisions for the future.

Economic and Political Weekly, 27 August, 2016

The book is a comprehensive analysis of the origins of capitalism, its contradictions, and the dynamics of non-capitalist societies and the challenges of globalization.


Abhigyan, Vol XXXIII No.3

Hartmut Elsenhans

Hartmut Elsenhans is a German political scientist and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Leipzig. He was also affiliated with the Université de Montréal; Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley.He studied political science, history and sociology at the University of Tübingen and the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin). He earned his doctoral degree in 1973 with a study on the decolonisation of Algeria in the Algerian War (1954–1962). In 1976, he gained habilitation at FU Berlin.His current research includes... More About Author

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