Research finding summaries

Labour Process and Control in Natural Resource Industries: A Class-Relational Approach

The Soma Mine Disaster directly reflected the coal rush of the AKP governments and extractive capital. On May 13th 2014, 301 miners died at an underground coal mine operated by the Soma Coal Company.

By |2022-02-09T11:01:05-05:00Feb 9, 2022|

Indebted by Dispossession

Although Marxists have long noted the fact that debt has a tendency to generate land loss, I “reverse” the chain of causality by focusing on how dispossession leads to a sharp rise in household debt. I show how rising indebtedness is segmented along caste lines, with usurious moneylenders hailing almost entirely from the feudal-era revenue collecting caste (Reddies) and debtors being largely from the former “untouchable” castes. Land loss and the lack of opportunity in the neoliberal economy thus pushes the lower strata into a debt trap.

By |2022-02-02T06:47:26-05:00Feb 2, 2022|

Ideas and Family Ties: Understanding why English-Speaking Countries Responded So Differently to the Crisis of the 1930s

My explanation of the economic policy variation (convergence and divergence) across the five cases gives primacy to ruling parties’ ideational orientation and political strategies concerning three major groups of interest – business, labour, and agrarian. Where governments privileged businesses and accommodated agrarians to the exclusion of labour, the policy outcome was invariably conservative. In contrast, where governments arranged a rapprochement between agrarians, organized labour, and sections of business, policy innovation followed.

By |2022-01-20T17:24:13-05:00Jan 19, 2022|

Labor Power and Wages after Women’s Labor Market Incorporation in Argentina

In the past years, there has been a very much welcomed flourishing of Marxist Feminist analyses. In a recent article, we contribute to the ongoing discussion by elaborating on Marx’s concept of the value of labor power to conceptualize the massive incorporation of women into the labor market and its [...]

By |2022-01-12T11:14:17-05:00Jan 12, 2022|

A global platform left the country and local gig workers were left stranded

Gig platforms have tried hard to create the image of gig workers as side-hustlers, part-timers, or those who use the work as a hobby to make extra money and who are thus free to hop from one platform to another whenever they want. If gig workers are deemed to be so autonomous and independent, what happens to them when a global platform leaves?

By |2021-12-15T13:06:36-05:00Dec 15, 2021|

Opaque algorithms are creating an invisible cage for platform workers

I found a broader concern about the way platforms use algorithms to control participants. Platforms’ algorithms create an invisible cage for platform users, because workers have no way of reliably accessing how their data is being processed or used to control their success on the platform. As a result, the platform’s algorithm claims to “know” the workers better than they know themselves, yet in ways that are inaccessible to them.

By |2021-12-09T11:53:49-05:00Dec 9, 2021|

Can Digital Tools Be Used for Organizing?

Arizona’s strike leaders harnessed the digital powers of information and communication technologies to promote organizing, allowing the movement to reach beyond social media’s echo chambers. It was through digital tools that AEU promoted targeted in-person outreach and therefore built a more powerful walkout.

By |2021-12-01T10:28:11-05:00Dec 1, 2021|

Implications of the Triumph of Neoclassical Economics in China

At the beginning of economic restructuring in China in 1978, Marxist theory organized virtually all economic discussion in China.  However, by 2010, neoclassical economics and related schools of thought, such as “new institutionalist economics,” had become the hegemonic paradigm. Neoclassical economics came to dominate not only graduate and undergraduate economics [...]

By |2021-11-17T10:09:56-05:00Nov 17, 2021|

The great transition to where? Renewable energy futures and ecosocialist strategy

Rather than assuming that the renewable energy transition will involve a smooth and painless transition to clean energy abundance, we need a more nuanced analysis of renewable energy's potential and the possible dynamics of the transition. A future of clean energy abundance is within reach (at least following post-capitalist understandings of “abundance”), but a river of turbulence stands between us and the hoped-for destination.

By |2021-11-10T14:07:20-05:00Nov 10, 2021|
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