Unhappy Families: Global Capitalism in a World of Nation-States

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  • Ellen Meiksins Wood

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-051-03-1999-07_1

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Political Economy

Abstract

The word "capitalism" is typically applied to a very wide and diverse range of cases—from the United States to Japan, Russia, Brazil, or South Africa. We use the word in this way on the premise that, for all their diversities, all these cases have in common certain basic social forms and economic laws of motion, including a common tendency to crisis. And we talk about "global" capitalism on the premise that national capitalist economies are interconnected, that they are integrated in a global system driven by the same capitalist laws of motion, and that economic crises and prolonged downturns like the current one are not national in origin but are rooted in the general dynamics that drive the whole global economy and in the relations that bind all capitalist economies together.

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1999-07-01

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