Leo Panitch

York University

Leo Panitch is a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He has been a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He is also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He is currently a supporter of the Socialist Project.

  • Rethinking Democracy

    Socialist Register 2018

    Edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo     November 2017

    This volume seeks a re-appraisal of actually existing liberal democracy today, but its main goal to help lay the foundations for new visions and practices in the development of socialist democracy. Amidst the contradictions of neoliberal capitalism today, the responsibility to sort out the relationship between socialism and democracy has never been greater.

  • Socialist Register 2017

    Rethinking Revolution

    Edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo     December 2016

    What is the meaning of revolution in the twenty-first century?

    One hundred years ago, the events of October 1917 inspired socialists and oppressed peoples around the world, and it became an inevitable point of reference for twentieth-century politics. Today the Left needs to both come to terms with this legacy and to transcend it through a critical reappraisal of its broad effects — those positive and negative — on political, intellectual and cultural life.

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  • Socialist Register 2016

    The Politics of the Right

    Edited by Greg Albo and Leo Panitch     November 2015

    The fifty-second edition in the highly popular Socialist Register series focuses on the political forces and parties of the Right, seeking to shed light on their social base, organizational strength and range and influence on mainstream parties and opinions.

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  • Socialist Register 2015

    Transforming Classes

    By Leo Panitch and Greg Albo     November 2014

    The latest installment of this longstanding classic publication features works by many of today’s most progressive political theorists. Transforming Classes tackles examines the ways in which class is being transformed in the Global South, the organization of workers in the workplace and community and the myriad forces shaping and reshaping the lives of workers today.

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  • Socialist Register 2014

    Registering Class

    Edited by Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber and Leo Panitch     October 2013

    The fiftieth volume of the Socialist Register is dedicated to the theme of “registering class,” in light of the spread and deepening of capitalist social relations around the globe. Today’s economic crisis has been deployed to extend the class struggle from above while many resistances have been explicitly cast in terms of class struggles from below.

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  • Socialist Register 2013

    The Question of Strategy

    By Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber and Leo Panitch     November 2012

    Socialists today have to confront two realities – that they cannot avoid the question of reforms and a gradualist path out of capitalism; and that the organizational vehicles for socialism will most likely have to abide by different structures and principles than those that dominated left politics in the twentieth century. Which features of past organizational models should be retained? And which discarded? Socialist Register 2013 seeks to explore and clarify strategy for the Left, in the light of new challenges, and new opportunities.

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  • Socialist Register 2012

    The Crisis and The Left

    Edited by Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber and Leo Panitch     December 2011

    As the crisis continues to bite deeper into the lives of people around the world, The Socialist Register 2012: The Crisis and the Left considers how the Left has responded and asks if it can offer a viable alternative. Examining the crisis in a variety of geographic areas including Africa, Latin America, Europe and China, contributors explore many themes of crisis from finance to climate, oil and auto to poverty and over-accumulation.

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  • The Socialist Register 2011

    The Crisis This Time

    Edited by Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber and Leo Panitch     January 2011

    The challenge for socialist analysis is to reveal both the nature of the contradictions of capitalism in the neo-liberal era of globalized finance, and their consequences in our time. Crises need to be understood as turning points that open up opportunities.

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  • In and Out of Crisis

    The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives

    By Greg Albo, Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch     August 2010

    While many are wondering if another world is possible, few are mapping out avenues to a post-capitalist future. In this groundbreaking analysis of the meltdown, renowned political economists Albo, Gindin and Panitch locate the roots of the crisis in the inner logic of capitalism itself and illuminate how the era of neoliberal free markets has been undergirded by massive state intervention. The authors argue that it’s time to start thinking about transformative alternatives to capitalism – and how to build the collective capacity to get us there. In and Out of Crisis stands to be the enduring critique of the crisis.

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  • The Socialist Register 2010

    Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism

    Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch     November 2009

    Health care rights are fought over between commercial forces that seek to make health into a commodity (for those who can pay), and popular forces that seek to reduce gross inequalities and try to make (or keep) health as a public service.

    These essays analyze the global health industry: the corporations that sell pharmaceuticals and insurance and push to expand the consumption of goods and services, making health care everywhere a field of capital accumulation.

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