Democracy Against Capitalism

In this book she sets out to renew the critical programme of historical materialism by redefining its basic concepts and its theory of history in original and imaginative ways, using them to identify the specificity of capitalism as a ...

Democracy Against Capitalism

A reformulation of Marxism which explains why it still provides the most effective way of looking critically at capitalism.

Capitalism For and Against

Democracy – rule by the people – was understood by all to be a constitution in
which, as Aristotle put it, “'the free-born and poor control the government ... 28
Aristotle, Politics 1290b, quoted in Wood, Democracy Against Capitalism, 220.

Capitalism  For and Against

Political philosophy and feminist theory have rarely examined in detail how capitalism affects the lives of women. Ann Cudd and Nancy Holmstrom take up opposing sides of the issue, debating whether capitalism is valuable as an ideal and whether as an actually existing economic system it is good for women. In a discussion covering a broad range of social and economic issues, including unequal pay, industrial reforms and sweatshops, they examine how these and other issues relate to women and how effectively to analyze what constitutes 'capitalism' and 'women's interests'. Each author also responds to the opposing arguments, providing a thorough debate of the topics covered. The resulting volume will interest a wide range of readers in philosophy, political theory, women's studies and global affairs.

Democracy against Development

Wood, Ellen Meiksins. 1995. Democracy against Capitalism: Renewing Historical
Materialism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. World Bank. 2005. Bihar:
Towards a Development Strategy. New Delhi: World Bank. Yadav, Yogendra.

Democracy against Development

Hidden behind the much-touted success story of India’s emergence as an economic superpower is another, far more complex narrative of the nation’s recent history, one in which economic development is frequently countered by profoundly unsettling, and often violent, political movements. In Democracy against Development, Jeffrey Witsoe investigates this counter-narrative, uncovering an antagonistic relationship between recent democratic mobilization and development-oriented governance in India. Witsoe looks at the history of colonialism in India and its role in both shaping modern caste identities and linking locally powerful caste groups to state institutions, which has effectively created a postcolonial patronage state. He then looks at the rise of lower-caste politics in one of India’s poorest and most populous states, Bihar, showing how this increase in democratic participation has radically threatened the patronage state by systematically weakening its institutions and disrupting its development projects. By depicting democracy and development as they truly are in India—in tension—Witsoe reveals crucial new empirical and theoretical insights about the long-term trajectory of democratization in the larger postcolonial world.

Democracy Against Autocracy and Socialism

... local affairs in the smallest degree whatever , and that they should be equally
on their guard against the enlistment of their feelings or sympathies upon the side
of any of the political or sectional parties which divide them at the present time .

Democracy Against Autocracy and Socialism


The Anti capitalism Reader

... independent businesses Delta-Galit Industries, 105 DeMeulenaere, Stephen,
183 democracy, 1 86-94 passim, 286, 328 humans rights and, 147-8 markets and
, 190-1,252 Democracy Against Capitalism (Woods), 186 Democratic Party (US),
 ...

The Anti capitalism Reader

From Seattle and Genoa back to Marx and Gramsci, the left is back, going global to fight the virus of modern greed.

The Origin of Capitalism

Traces the links between the origin of capitalism and globalization, ecological degradation and the current agricultural crisis.

The Origin of Capitalism

Contains extensive new material, especially on imperialism, anti Eurocentric history, capitalism and the nation-state, and the differences betwee ncapitalism and non-capitalist commerce. Traces the links between the origin of capitalism and globalization, ecological degradation and the current agricultural crisis.

Empire of Capital

What does imperialism mean in the absence of colonial conquest and imperial rule?

Empire of Capital

What does imperialism mean in the absence of colonial conquest and imperial rule?

The Pristine Culture of Capitalism

This book will be as interesting and provocative to observers of contemporary capitalism as to historians of early modern Europe or Western political thought.

The Pristine Culture of Capitalism

Capitalism was born in England, yet the dominant Western conceptions of modernity have come from elsewhere, notably from France, the historical model of “bourgeois” society. In this lively and wide-ranging book, Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that what is supposed to have epitomized bourgeois modernity, especially the emergence of a “modern” state and political culture in Continental Europe, signalled the persistence of precapitalist social property relations. Conversely, the absence of a “modern” state and political discourse in England testified to the presence of a well-developed capitalism. The fundamental flaws in the British economy are not just the symptoms of arrested development but the contradictions of the capitalist system itself. Britain today, Wood maintains, is the most thoroughly capitalist culture in Europe. Weaving together economic and political history with the history of ideas, Wood ranges across a broad spectrum of current debates, from the “Nairn–Anderson theses” to the contribution of J.C.D. Clark and Alan Macfarlane, and over a wide variety of topics: the development of British capitalism and French absolutism; the state, the nation and their symbolic representations; revolution and tradition; the cultural patterns of English speech, urbanism, ruralism and the landscape garden; ideas of sovereignty, democracy, property and progress. This book will be as interesting and provocative to observers of contemporary capitalism as to historians of early modern Europe or Western political thought.

The Retreat from Class

In a new introduction, Wood discusses the relevance of The Retreat From Class in a post-Soviet world.

The Retreat from Class

In this classic study, which won the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize, Ellen Wood provides a survey of influential trends in contemporary Marxist theory. Identifying a common trend to dissociate political analysis from class interest, she pursues her own conception of the complex but undeniable relations between class, politics and ideology. In a new introduction, Wood discusses the relevance of The Retreat From Class in a post-Soviet world. She locates post-Marxism as a predecessor to current academic trends such as postmodernism, and argues that a re-examination of class politics by academia is one way out of the current, cynical acceptance of capitalism.

Marxism Socialism and Religion

In Russia , because of the conditions of our bourgeois - democratic revolution ,
this task too falls almost entirely on the ... so far into the background by the
struggle of bourgeois democracy against socialism that the bourgeois
governments ...

Marxism  Socialism and Religion

This work brings together new translations of Marx's most important texts in political philosophy written after 1848. Marx challenged political theory to its very fundamentals, as his works do not follow traditional models for exploring politics theoretically. In his introduction, Terrell Carver situates Marx in a politics of democratic constitutionalism and revolutionary communism. The works are presented here complete, according to the first editions or the earliest manuscript state, and include the Manifesto of the Communist Party, the preface of 1859 to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, The Civil War in France, and the little-known Notes on Adolph Wagner. More than most political theorists, Marx made contemporary politics the focus for his theoretical work. He created a distinctive kind of political theory, and this volume aims to make it accessible today.