The Socialist Register 1999

Global Capitalism versus Democracy

Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch  

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  • Taking Globalization Seriously (Hugo Radice)
  • Material World: The Myth of the Weightless Economy (Ursula Huws)
  • Globalization and the Executive Committee: The Contemporary Capitalist State (Constantine Tsoukalas)
  • Contraditons of Shareholder Capitalism: Downsizing Jobs, Enlisting Savings, Destabalizating (Wally Secombe)
  • Labour Power and International Competitiveness: A Critique of Ruling Orthodoxies (David Coates)
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: The German Model Under the Pressure of Globalization (Birgit Mahnkopf)
  • East Asia’s Tumbling Dominoes: Financial Crisis and the Myth of the Regional Model (Mitchell Bernard)
  • State Decay and Democratic Decadence in Latin America (Atilio Boron)
  • Comrades and Investers: The Uncertain Transition in Cuba (Haroldo Dilla)
  • Unstable Futures: Controlling and Creating Risks in International Money (Adam Tickell)
  • Globalization, Class and the Question of Democracy (Joachim Hirsch)
  • The Challenge for the Left: Reclaiming the State (Boris Kagarlitsky)
  • The Public Sphere and the Media: Market Supremacy versus Democracy (Colin Leys)
  • The Tale that Never Ends (Sheila Rowbothan)


  • Colin Leys


    Before coming to Queen’s in 1975 Colin Leys taught at Balliol College, Oxford; Kivukoni College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and the Universities of Sussex, Nairobi, and Sheffield. His work has primarily been on the theory and politics of development, with particular reference to Africa and the UK. His publications include European Politics in Southern Rhodesia; Underdevelopment in Kenya;The Political Economy of Neocolonialism; Politics in Britain; Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword (with John S. Saul and others); The Rise and Fall of Development Theory; The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Leo Panitch); and Market Driven-Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest.

  • 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.

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