Capitalism, Institutions and Social Orders "The Case of Contemporary Spain"

por Rey-Araújo, Pedro M.
Capitalism, Institutions and Social Orders "The Case of Contemporary Spain"
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ISBN: 978-0-367-56722-4
Editorial: Routledge
Fecha de la edición: 2022
idioma: Ingles
Nº Pág.: 250


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Reseña: Capitalism, Institutions and Social Orders develops a novel political economy approach by establishing a dialogue between the Social Structures of Accumulation (SSA) theory and Ernesto Laclaus post-Marxism theory. Using this synthesis, it provides an in-depth analysis of Spains recent socio-economic evolution since the early 1990s. The book develops a theoretical framework capable of appraising capitalist dynamics together with their relationship to the institutional environment surrounding and structuring them. This is in order to explore the interrelation between the historical development of the capitalist mode of production, on the one hand, and the various co-existing social processes, social consensuses and political identities, on the other. Contemporary Spain provides an interesting case study: until the onset of the Great Recession, Spain had an impressive macroeconomic record supported by several contradictory social processes, such as a massive real estate bubble, an upsurge in private indebtedness and a deteriorating manufacturing sector. However, the accumulation of internal imbalances during those years led inevitably to the sudden disintegration of this institutional and social environment in the years after 2008, thus resulting into a breakdown of capitalist activity accompanied by widespread social contestation. The book also explores the ensuing political scenario, including the emergence of the 'indignados movement and the anti-austerity party Podemos. This work is of significant interest to critical political economy and discourse-theory scholars, critical theorists in general, and social scientists concerned with the recent Spanish experience.
indice: Part I. Capitalism, Institutions and Social Orders 1. Dancing over the 'middle ground 2. Setting the terrain. Radical Political Economy and post-Marxism 3. Ernesto Laclaus post-Marxism. Some internal problems 4. Social Structures of Accumulation Theory. A re-assessment 5. Social orders and capitalism. Towards an expanded SSA approach 6. Grounding Populism upon Political Economy Part II. The Case of Contemporary Spain 7. The Spanish 'Mediterranean Liberal SSA. A Characterization 8. The 'Mediterranean Liberal SSAs expansion phase: 1995-2008 9. From systemic to organic crisis. 2008-2019 Concluding Comments