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The dream of contemporary capitalism is that everything should become a terrain of profitable enterprise, including most of what has been seen hitherto as the business of government. Like total war, total capitalism demands the subordination of everything to a single goal a?? national competitiveness, as defined by trans-national corporate elites. The result is a dramatic erosion of democracy, social cohesion and honesty in public life. The three essays collected here, which have been hailed as a??modern classicsa??, summarise a decade of critical analysis of these dynamics.a??The Rise and Fall of Development Theorya?? shows how neoliberal globalisation put an end to the concept of development as a collective endeavour and marginalised the two-centuries old intellectual tradition it rested on. a??Market-Driven Politicsa?? analyses the determining features of the new politics: since the end of capital controls, the politics of once-sovereign states have become more and more integrated with market forces: voters no longer set the political agenda and the business of government becomes the business of adapting public opinion to the perceived interests of business.a??The Cynical Statea? ? analyses what happens to policy-making and the quality of public debate under total capitalism. The privatisation of public services is a cardinal element of total capitalism, producing a dynamic that is lethal to public accountability and social solidarity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780850365900
ISBN-10: 0850365902
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 8mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: The Merlin Press Ltd
Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colin Leys

Colin Leys is a professor of political science at Queen's University in Ontario and an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh. He is the coeditor of "Coming to Terms with Nature" and "Telling the Truth."

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