A Missing Chapter of Monopoly Capital: Introduction to Baran and Sweezy's "Some Theoretical Implications"

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  • John Bellamy Foster

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-064-03-2012-07_2

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Political Economy

Abstract

Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order by Paul A. Baran and Paul M. Sweezy, published in 1966, is one of the foundational works in the development of Marxian political economy in the United States and indeed the world, and is today recognized as a classic, having generated more than four-and-a-half decades of research and debate. The completion of the book, however, was deeply affected by Baran's death, on March 26, 1964, two years before the final manuscript was prepared. Although all of the chapters were drafted in at least rough form and had been discussed a number of times the authors had not mutually worked out to their complete satisfaction certain crucial problems. Consequently, two chapters were left out of the final work.… What happened to these two missing chapters—"Some Implications for Economic Theory" and presumably "On the Quality of Monopoly Capitalist Society—II"—remained for many years a mystery.

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2012-07-02

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