The Socialist Register 2015

Transforming Classes

By Leo Panitch and Greg Albo  

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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.


  • Class and the Capitalist Corporation in the 21st Century (Greg Albo)
  • China’s Ruling Class (Lin Chun)
  • China’s Working Class (Lu Zhang)
  • The Working Classes in China and India (Jens Lerche)
  • India’s New Trade Union Initiative (Gautam Mody)
  • Class in the Slums (Supriya Roy Chowdhury)
  • The Egyptian Working Class (Joel Beinin)
  • NUMSA and the Class Struggle in South Africa (Nicolas Pons-Vignon & Sam Ashman)
  • The Transformation of Chile’s Class Structure (Tim Clark)
  • Class and Politics in Turkey (Sebnem Oguz)
  • The European Working Classes (Andreas Bieler)
  • Class Analysis and the British Working Class (Hugo Radice)
  • Labour’s New Morphology: From Informality to Infoproletariat (Ricardo Atunes)
  • What Happened to the New Middle Class? (Randy Martin)
  • Social Class and its Global Reproduction in the Age of Austerity (Sue Ferguson & David McNally)
  • On Decent Work: A Global Perspective (Ben Selwyn)
  • The International Olympic Committee: Class and Neoliberal Globalization (George Wright)
  • Money in American Politics (Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgenson & Jie Chen)


  • 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.

  • Greg Albo

    York University

    Greg Albo is a professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto.

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