A World Turned Upside Down?


LeftWord Books, 2019

xii+372 pages

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Since the Great Financial Crisis swept across the world in 2008, there have been few certainties regarding the trajectory of global capitalism, let alone the politics taking hold in individual states. This has now given way to palpable confusion regarding what sense to make of this world in a political conjuncture marked by Donald Trump's 'Make America Great Again' presidency of the United States, on the one hand, and, on the other, Xi Jinping's ambitious agenda in consolidating his position as 'core leader' at the top of the Chinese state.

Some of the questions dealt with here are:–

* Is a major redrawing of the map of global capitalism underway?

* Is an unwinding of globalization in train, or will it continue, but with closure to the mobility of labour?

* Is there a legitimacy crisis for neoliberalism even while neoliberal practices continue to form state policy?

* Are we witnessing an authoritarian mutation of liberal democracy in the 21st century?

* Should the strategic issues today be posed in terms of 'socialism versus barbarism redux'?

Adam Hanieh

Adam Hanieh is a senior lecturer in development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Aijaz Ahmad

Aijaz Ahmad (1941-2022) was one of India's best-known Marxist scholars. His best-known books include In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures (1992), Lineages of the Present: Ideological and Political Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia (1996), and, from LeftWord Books, Nothing Human is Alien to Me: Aijaz Ahmad in conversation with Vijay Prashad (2020), Iraq, Afghanistan and the Imperialism of Our Time (2004).

Read Vijay Prashad's tribute to Aijaz Ahmad here.

Ana Garcia

Ana Garcia teaches history and international relations at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and is an associate of the Institute of Alternative Policies in the Southern Cone of Latin America.

Ben Fine

Ben Fine is Professor of Economics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

Greg Albo

Greg Albo teaches political economy at the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto. He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is also on the editorial boards of Studies in Political Economy, Relay, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Canadian Dimension, The Bullet and Historical Materialism (England). Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.

Jayati Ghosh

Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has authored and co-edited several books and more than 120 scholarly articles. She is Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS - www.networkideas.org) and Trustee of Economic Research Foundation (www.macroscan.org).

Leo Panitch

Leo Victor Panitch, (born May 3, 1945, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University. Since 1985, he has served as co-editor of the Socialist Register, which describes itself as "an annual survey of movements and ideas from the standpoint of the independent new left". Panitch himself sees the Register as playing a major role in developing Marxism's conceptual framework for advancing a democratic, co-operative and egalitarian, socialist alternative to capitalist competition, exploitation and insecurity.

Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond, based in South Africa since 1990 mainly at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Wits University, recently authored Elite Transition (third edition), South Africa: The Present as History (coauthored with John Saul) and Politics of Climate Justice.

Sam Gindin

Sam Gindin holds the Packer Chair in Social Justice in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto.