Capitalism in Transformation: Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century
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In recent years, Karl Polanyi?s economic and cultural history of capitalism and his reflections on the place of the economy within society has received renewed interest in scientific debates about the transformative and uneven dynamics of global capitalism (Block & Somers, 2014; Bugra & Agartan, 2007; Jessop, 2008; Peck, 2013). Thus, his magnum opus, The Great Transformation (Polanyi, 2001, 1944/1978) has become a crucial, intensely debated point of reference for the scientific as well as social and political debates about the evolving, crisis-ridden transformations of global capitalism and the surge of market radicalism and neo-liberal reform-projects over the last decades.
Great Transformations? Capitalism after Polanyi builds on and transcends these debates in the context of the prolonged crisis of financialised capitalism, austerity and an upsurge of authoritarian as well as right-wing populist movements in many countries. Our book draws on the widely acclaimed international conference, A Great Transformation? Global Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalisms1, held in Linz/Austria in January 2017. With more than 100 presentations and more than 300 registered participants, the conference provided a platform for an intense discussion of new issues and questions regarding the application, reformulation and extension of Polanyian concepts and research strategies. Great Transformations? Capitalism after Polanyi compiles a number of thoroughly revised papers of this conference while also bringing in a selected choice of additional contributors from the Global South and the Global North to drive forward the critical debate on the relevance of Karl Polanyi?s
work for the analysis and theoretical conceptualisation of contemporary capitalism and its transformation in and through prolonged crisis.