Tag: Capitalism

What, If Anything, is Wrong with Capitalism

Philippe Van Parijs
The Capitalist Road to Communism
April 2, 1990, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
The Second Marriage of Justice and Efficiency
April 6, 1990, 8:00PM, Memorial Union
Capitalism, Socialism, and Real Freedom
April 9, 1990, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
VHS: 4/6/1990 & 4/9/1990

The End of Capitalism (As We Know It)

Julie Graham
Waiting for the Revolution, or How to Smash Capitalism While Working at Home in Your Spare Time
April 5, 1994, 3:30PM, 225 Ingraham
The Economy, Stupid! Hegemonic Metaphors of Totality & Development in Economic Policy Discourse
April 6, 1994, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Post-Fordism as Politics: The Political Consequences of Narratives on the Left
April 11, 1994, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science

The End of Capitalism (As We Know It)

Katherine Gibson
Class & Industrial Change: Creating a Space fro an Alternative Politics of Class
April 8, 1994, 3:30PM, 224 Ingraham
"Hewers of Cake and Drawers of Tea": Women, Industrial Restructuring, and Class Processes in the Coal Fields of Central Queensland
April 13, 1994, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 14, 1994, 12:20PM, 340 Ingraham

Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

Robert E. Goodin
The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism Revisited
September 23, 1998, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Sciences
Toward a Post-Productivist Welfare State
September 28, 1998, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
September 29, 1998, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Capitalism, Patriarchy and Apartheid: Understanding the Links

Thenjiwe Mtintso
"Analyzing the Intersection of Class, Race and Gender Oppression: The South African Case"
October 2, 2001, 3:30PM, 6104 Social Sciencess
"Class, Race and Gender Oppression: Experiences and Struggels of Black Women in South Africa"
October 3, 2001, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
October 4, 2001, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

The Cultural Economy OF Capitalism

Richard Sennett
"The Cultural Economy of Capitalism: Work"
December 3, 2002, 3:30PM, 206 Ingraham
"The Cultural Economy of Capitalism: Welfare"
December 4, 2002, 3:30PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
December 5, 2002, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

The Dialectics of Social Change

David Harvey
"Crisis Theory and the Current Conjuncture"
Tuesday, November 9, 4pm, 5208 Social Science
"A Commentary on Marx's Method"
Wednesday, November 10, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, November 11, 12:20pm, 3470 Social Science


Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the UW Geography Department

DAVID HARVEY is Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Director of The Center for Place, Culture and Politics. Professor Harvey is a leading theorist in the field of urban studies whom Library Journal called "one of the most influential geographers of the later twentieth century." He was formerly professor of geography at Johns Hopkins, a Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics, and Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford. His reflections on the importance of space and place (and more recently "nature") have attracted considerable attention across the humanities and social sciences. His highly influential books include Social Justice and the City (1973); The Limits to Capital (1982); The Condition of Postmodernity (1989); Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference (1996); Spaces of Hope (2000); and Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography (2001); The New Imperialism (2003); and Spaces of Global Capitalism (2006). His most recent book is The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2010).


The Feminist Compass

Nancy Folbre
"The Capitalist Trajectory"
Wednesday, February 23, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"The Socialist Imaginary"
Thursday, February 24, 12:20pm, location to be announced


NANCY FOLBRE is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research explores the interface between political economy and feminist theory, with a particular emphasis on the value of unpaid care work. In addition to numerous articles published in academic journals, she is the author of Greed, Lust, and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford, 2009), Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard, 2009), Who Pays for the Kids?: Gender and the Structures of Constraint (Routledge, 1994) and co-editor, with Michael Bittman, of Family Time: The Social Organization of Care (Routledge, 2004). Books she has written for a wider audience include Saving State U (New Press, 2010); The Field Guide to the U.S. Economy (with James Heintz and Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, New Press, 2006 and earlier editions), The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values (New Press, 2001), and The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual (with Randy Albelda, New Press, 1996). She currently coordinates a working group on care work sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation. You can read her regular contribution to the New York Times Economix Blog at http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nancy-folbre/


Socialist Alternatives to Capitalism

Duncan Foley
"Marx to Hayek"
Tuesday, April 5, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Vienna to Santa Fe"
Wednesday, April 6, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty & Public
Thursday, April 7, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science


Co-sponsored by the Economics Department and Global Studies

DUNCAN K. FOLEY graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 1964, and received the Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1966. He has taught at M.I.T., Stanford, Barnard College of Columbia University, and since 1999 has been Leo Model Professor at the Economics Department of the New School for Social Research. He is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He has published in the fields of Public Finance, Macroeconomics, Money, Marxist Economic Theory, Economic Dynamics, Neo-Ricardian Economics, Growth Theory, and Complex Systems Theory and Economics. Foley's recent work includes studies of the relation of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics to economics, global warming policy, complexity theory and Classical political economy ("Unholy Trinity: Labor, Capital and Land in the New Economy", Routledge, 2003), work on the foundations of statistical method, and Marx's theory of money. He published a book on the history of political economy and economics, "Adam's Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology", in 2007.


Power and Capital Revisited: The Ruling Class 34 Years Later

Göran Therborn
"States, Societies, and the Rule of Capitalism"
Tuesday, October 25, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"The New Political Dynamics of Ideology"
Wednesday, October 26, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, October 27, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by GLOBAL STUDIES

GÖRAN THERBORN is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK, and affiliated professor at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He has been co-Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, professor of sociology at Gothenburg University, Sweden, and of political science at the Catholic University at Nijmegen, Netherlands. His books include, Science, Class and Society (l976), What Does the Ruling Class Do When It Rules (l978), The ideology of Power and the Power of Ideology (l980), Why Some Peoples Are More Unemplkoyed Than Others (l985), European Modernity and Beyond. The Trajectory of European Societies, l945-2000 (l995), Between Sex and Power. Family in the World, l900-2000 (2004), Inequalities of the World /2006), From Marxism to Postmarxism? (2008), The World. A Beginner's Guide (2011). He is currently working on a global project on Cities of Power.

The American Road to Capitalism

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Charles Post
"The American Road to Capitalism"
Thursday, March 29, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

CHARLES POST is Professor Sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College-City University of New York. His intellectual interests include the origins of capitalism, the determinants and dynamics of working class consciousness and organization, social conflict and capitalist state policy, and the restructuring of industrial capitalist production historically. He is the author of The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class-Structure, Economic Development, and Political Conflict, 1620-1877 (Brill Academic Publishers, 2011), which has been short-listed for the 2011 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize. According to Robert Brenner, "In The American Road to Capitalism, Charles Post offers a brilliant reinterpretation of the origins and diverging paths of economic evolution in the American north and south. The first systematic historical materialist account of US development from the colonial period through the civil war in a very long time, it is sure to be received as a landmark contribution." Post has also published in New Left Review, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Historical Materialism and Against the Current. He is also a long-time activist on the socialist left and in the American Federation of Teachers.

What Then Must We Do?

Gar Alperovitz
“Is There an America Beyond Capitalism?”
Tuesday April 16th, 4PM, 336 Ingraham Hall
Seminar: "The Unusual Nature of the Emerging Crisis, and its Possibilities"
Wednesday, April 17th, 12 noon, 8108 Social Science
Book presentation and signing
Wednesday, April 17th, 7PM, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, 426 W. Gilman St.Madison, WI

Gar Alperovitz, political economist, historian, and author of the new book What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution will give two free public talks in Madison highlighting how, in an age of political deadlock and economic decay, hope can be found in the growing movement across the country to build a new and more egalitarian economy based in cooperation and community.  Dr. Alperovitz will suggest that a movement aiming at the “evolutionary reconstruction” of the American system—away from rampant inequality and corporate control, and towards a more just distribution of wealth and renewed democracy—is poised to take center stage in the national conversation. 

About Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, has been responsible for some of the most important and influential analyses of new forms of worker, community, and cooperative ownership. He is the cofounder of The Democracy Collaborative, a research institute developing strategies to build community wealth, including an innovative network of green worker cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his work as a leader in the new economy movement, he is an acclaimed historian of US foreign policy.  He is a former fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard and of King’s College at Cambridge University, where he received his PhD in political economy. He has served as a legislative director in the  U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a special assistant in the Department of State. Earlier he was president of the Center for Community Economic Development, Codirector of The Cambridge Institute, and president of the Center for the Study of Public Policy. Dr. Alperovitz’s numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, and other academic and popular journals. His most recent books are America Beyond Capitalism (2011) and What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution. Dr. Alperovitz is also author of The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (1995), Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era (2002), and Unjust Deserts (2008).

About What Then Must We Do?

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new economy—and, if we act upon it, a new system—are forming.  In What Then Must We Do?,  forthcoming this April from Chelsea Green Publishing, Gar Alperovitz speaks directly to the reader about why the time is right for a revolutionary new economy movement, what it means to democratize the ownership of wealth, and what it will take to build a new system to replace the decaying one, offering an evolutionary, common-sense solution for moving from despair and anger to strategy and action.

The Politics and Political Economy of a Post-growth Economy

John Barry
“The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: The Cancer Stage of Carbon-fueled, Consumer Capitalism”
Tuesday, February 4, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
“Post Growth Politics and Green Political Economy: Towards Socio-ecological Resilience and Socio-economic Justice in the 21st Century”
Wednesday, February 5, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty, and Public
Thursday, February 6, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the Nelson Institute

JOHN BARRY is Reader in Green Political Economy at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queens University Belfast.  His areas of research include green political economy and green economics; economic practices and sustainability, normative aspects of sustainable development; governance for sustainable development; the greening of citizenship and civic republicanism; green politics in Ireland, North and South; the Transition Movement; peak oil and climate change; the governance of science and innovation; the link between academic knowledge and political activism and policy making; trust, legitimacy and public policy; citizenship, public policy and governance; theories and practices of reconciliation in Northern Ireland. His books include, Rethinking Green Politics: Nature, Virtue and Progress (1999) - [winner of the Political Studies Association Mackenzie prize for best book published in political science] - Environment and Social Theory, 2nd edition, (2007); and Citizenship, Sustainability and Environmental Research: Q methodology and Local Exchange Trading Systems (2000).  His co-edited books include The International Encyclopaedia of Environmental Politics (2001), Sustaining Liberal Democracy (2002); Europe, Globalisation and Sustainability (2004), The Nation-State and the Global Ecological Crisis (2005) and Contemporary Environmental Politics (2006).  He latest book is The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon-Constrained World (2012, Oxford University Press). He is also a former co-leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland and is currently a Green Party Councillor on North Down Borough Council, Northern Ireland.


Race, Class and the Making of Postcolonial Britain

Satnam Virdee
Workshop on “Racism, Capitalism and the Struggle to be Human”
Thursday, October 13, 6pm, Offices of Freedom Inc., 1810 Park Street
"Racial Formation and the Crisis of Welfare Capitalism"
Monday, October 17, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
"Antiracism and Stretching the Language and Politics of Class"
Tuesday, October 18, 4pm, 3401 Sterling Hall

Co-sponsored by Freedom Inc. 

SATNAM VIRDEE is Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow and founding Director of the Centre for Research on Racism, Ethnicity and Nationalism (CRREN). He is a historical and political sociologist with research interests in racism, class and historical capitalism. He is the author and co-author of 5 books, including most recently Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He will publish a co-authored volume in 2017 (with Stephen Ashe and Laurence Brown) entitled: Britain’s Civil Rights Movement: Black Activism and the Mobilization of Changing Ethnic Identities and a co-edited collection (with Brendan McGeever) entitled Socialism and Antisemitism, 1880-1917


After Capitalism?

David Schweickart
"What’s Wrong with Capitalism?"
Tuesday, September 26, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
"Where Do We Want to Go? How Might We Get There?"
Wednesday, September 27, 4pm, 6191 Helen C. White
Open Seminar for students, faculty, and public
Thursday, September 28, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

DAVID SCHWEICKART is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.  He holds Ph.D's in mathematics and philosophy. He is the author of Capitalism or Worker Control? An Ethical and Economic Appraisal (Praeger, 1980), Against Capitalism (Cambridge, 1993), Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists (Routledge, 1998; coauthored with Bertell Ollman, Hillel Ticktin and James Lawler), and After Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). He is also the author of numerous articles in social-political philosophy. His primary focus has been on developing and defending, as both economically viable and ethically desirable, a socialist alternative to capitalism, which he calls Economic Democracy. His work has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, Norwegian, Slovak, Farsi, and Catalan. 


Dismantling Solidarity

Michael McCarthy
"Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and Retirement Income since the New Deal"
Monday, October 2, 12 noon, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by the UW Sociology Politics, Culture and Society Brownbag

MICHAEL McCARTHY is assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. His research is on the politics of capitalism, exploring the ways state policy bears on work, redistributes market risks and inequalities, and shapes global processes of financialization. He is the author of Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal (Cornell University Press, 2017), which explores the sociological causes of the current crisis in retirement. 

Why have capitalist markets come to play a growing role in the distribution of retirement income in the US since the New Deal? Drawing on rich archival data that covers more than fifty years of American history, this talk argues that the critical driver was policymakers’ reactions to capitalist crises and their political imperative to promote capitalist growth.