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Capitalism and Politics: Socialist Register 2023


The 59th annual volume of the Socialist Register examines the growth of corporate power and other important organizational trends in global capitalism. Rejecting such notions as “stakeholder capitalism,” it reviews the organization and strategies of unions and the left as it searches for new routes to socialism.


Adam Hanieh: World Oil: Contemporary Transformations in Ownership and Control

Nicolas Graham and William K. Carroll: Climate Breakdown: From Fossil Capitalism to Climate Capitalism (and Beyond?)

Rafeef Ziadah: Logistical Landscapes: Corporate Power and Capital in the Maritime Industry

Patrick Bond: Multilateralism at a Crossroads: Vaccine Apartheid, Climate Wars, Geopolitical Turmoil

Stephen F. Diamond: The ‘Corporate Governance’ Myth

Charmaine Chua and Spencer Cox: Battling the Behemoth: Amazon and the Rise of America’s New Working Class

Kyle Bailey: The Illusions of ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’: The Case of Unilever

Richard Saunders: Transnational Capital and Regulating African Extractives: Zimbabwe’s Blood Diamonds

Minqi Li: From ‘996’ to ‘Lying Flat’: China’s Regime of Accumulation

Pun Ngai and Chen Peier: Infrastructural Capitalism: High-Speed Rail and Class Conflict in China

Armando Boito: Political Divisions and Neo-Fascism in Brazil


Stephen Maher and Scott M. Aquanno: Capitalist Restructuring, State Transformation: Leo Panitch and Capitalism Today

Panagiotis Sotiris: Mass Parties, Dual Power, and Questions of Strategy: A Dialogue with Leo Panitch

Madeleine Davis: Leo Panitch on British Labourism and the Prospects for a ‘Labour New Left’

Leo Panitch and Rafael Khachaturian: Against Pessimism: A Life on the Left

What people are saying about Socialist Register

The Socialist Register has been the intellectual lodestar for the international left since 1964. —Mike Davis, the late, great author of Planet of Slums, Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism, and Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory among other books

Every year The Socialist Register pushes the envelope on theory and the state of struggles on particular themes. Drawing upon the most knowledgeable and brilliant scholars on the left, the cumulative effect is to produce an encyclopedia of theory and practice for everyone who wants to help to create a socialist future. —Michael Lebowitz, author, Between Capitalism and Community

Greg Albo is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto. Alfredo Saad-Filho is Professor of Political Economy and International Development at King’s College London, and author of Progressive Policies for Economic Development (2021). Nicole Aschoff is author of The New Prophets of Capital (2015) and The Smartphone Society (2021).


To read some excerpts, click here. And you can watch last year’s MR Conversations: Socialist Register 2023, below…

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Publication Date: 01/01/2023

Number of Pages: 302

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-58367-9869

eBook ISBN: 978-1-58367-9876