Capitalism in the 21st Century: Through the Prism of Value (Paperback)

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A sweeping, authoritative, and accessible overview of major issues in the global economy from a Marxist perspective.

Contemporary capitalism is always evolving. From digital technologies to cryptocurrencies, current trends in political economy are much discussed, but often little understood. So where can we turn for clarity? As Michael Roberts and Guglielmo Carchedi argue, new trends don't necessarily call for a new theory.

In Capitalism in the 21st Century, the authors show how Marx's law of value explains numerous issues in our modern world. In both advanced economies and the periphery, value theory provides a piercing analytical framework through which we can approach topics as varied as labor, profitability, technology, the environment, the role of China, imperialism, and the state.

An ambitious work that will appeal to both heterodox economists and labor movement activists alike, as it demonstrates the ongoing contemporary relevance of Marxist theory to current trends in political economy.

About the Author

Michael Roberts has worked in the City of London for over 30 years as an economist and financial adviser. He is author of several books including The Great Recession, The Long Depression and Marx 200. He blogs at

Guglielmo Carchedi was Professor of Economics at Amsterdam University and is the author of several works including Frontiers of Political Economy, For Another Europe and Behind the Crisis.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780745340883
ISBN-10: 0745340881
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: December 20th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English