Kari Polyani Levitt

Kari Levitt is Emerita Professor of Economics at McGill University, Montreal, and was George Beckford Professor of Political Economy at the University of the West Indies, Mona from 1995 to 1997. She has been Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Relations in Trinidad and has served as an Economic Planning Adviser to the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

  • From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization

    On Karl Polanyi and Other Essays

    By Kari Polyani Levitt     April 2013

    Four years into the unfolding of the most serious economic crisis since the 1930s, Karl Polanyi’s prediction of the fateful consequences of unleashing the destructive power of unregulated market capitalism on peoples, nations and the natural environment has assumed new urgency and relevance. The system of unregulated or free market capitalism has a propensity towards crisis, which is reflected in both the dynamics of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the advent of the new world order of neoliberal globalization of the 1980s, ushering in “the great financialization.”

  • Reclaiming Development

    Independent Thought and Caribbean Community

    By Kari Polyani Levitt     January 2005

    Caribbean governments have been quick to implement policies of deregulation, liberalization and privatization. They have been supported by their intellectuals who have been equally quick too embrace globalization and too ready to concede the end of national sovereignty.