Capitalism, Development and Democracy

Capitalism, Development and Democracy : Promise and Reality

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Democracy and development are the ideological leitmotif's of the age, used so widely that their real meaning is often lost. In Capitalism, Development and Democracy Amiya Kumar Bagchi gives a historical and material grounding to these ideas, showing their intimate but troubled relationship with capitalism. Bagchi shows that the idea of development - of all human beings enjoying better standards of living - spread following the rise of capitalism, first in the Italian city-states and then in the nation states of Europe. He documents how capitalism systematically denied the very aspirations it raised, both widening and restricting human freedom in a contradictory process.A stimulating and innovative contribution to the fields of development studies, political economy and political theory, Capitalism, Development and Democracy reconnects development and democracy with the critique of capitalism.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745331351
  • 9780745331355

Table of contents

1. Capitalism and its Contradictions: Smith, Hegel, Marx and Beyond 2. The Logic of Capitalist Exploitation and Competition 3. The Three Worlds of Development and Underdevelopment 4. Slavery, Disasters, Resistance and Underdevelopment in Africa 5. Path-dependence, Sliding Back and Promises of Ascent in Latin America 6. Late Developmental States and their Successes and Failures in Asia 7. In the Toils of Neoliberal Structural Adjustment 8. The Wages of Financialisation 9. Women, Freedom and Exploitation 10. Health Care Under Commodification and Privatisation 11. Capitalism and the Environment 12. Saving the World and Human Freedom from Capitalismshow more

About Amiya Kumar Bagchi

Amiya Kumar Bagchi is Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Development Studies at Calcutta University, India. He is a critical political economist currently conducting research on the history and human development of South Asia.show more