Rosa Luxemburg and the Critique of Political Economy, edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, London: Routledge, 2009

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Abstract

This review-essay discusses the contributions to Ricardo Bellofiore’s book Rosa Luxemburg and the Critique of Political Economy in their respective historical and theoretical contexts. A key goal of the book is to establish Luxemburg’s work as a ‘macro-monetary class approach’, which means linking an economic outlook on effective demand and finance with a political focus on class-struggles in the domestic and international arenas. This approach marks a significant, and positive, departure from widespread interpretations that separate Luxemburg’s political theory from her economic theory. Given the apparent limits of neoliberal globalisation it is also a very timely approach that can help us to understand the current conjuncture of economic and political crises. Bellofiore’s book offers a useful framework for such analysis but focuses much more on economic theory than on politics and the historical developments of global capitalism. To fully exploit the potential of Luxemburg’s political economy, complementary work on these latter two aspects has to be done.

Rosa Luxemburg and the Critique of Political Economy, edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, London: Routledge, 2009

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1

. Eckstein 1913.

2

. Bukharin 1972.

3

. Arendt 1966.

4

. See Oelßner 1951.

5

. Luxemburg 1972.

7

. See Basso 1975; Geras 1976.

8

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9

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10

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. See Carr 1973.

12

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14

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. Trincado 2010.

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. Luxemburg 2007.

18

. See Zarembka 2002.

19

. Bauer 1913.

20

. Grossman 1929.

21

. Hilferding 2006.

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. Lenin 1996.

23

. See Heinrich 2005.

24

. Keynes 2007.

25

. See Luxemburg 2003Chapter 32.

26

. See Schmidt 2010a.

27

. See Hanké 2009.

28

. See Held and McGrew (eds.) 2000.

29

. See Colletti 1972; Negt 1974.

30

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31

. Mattick 1969Chapter 9.

32

. Luxemburg 2003p. 91.

33

. Luxemburg 2003pp. 1–143.

34

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35

. Luxemburg 2003pp. 307–447.

36

. Luxemburg 2003pp. 145–306.

37

. See for example Sweezy 1970Chapter XI.8.

38

. Luxemburg 2003pp. 399–425.

39

. Minsky 1975 and 1986.

40

. Marx 1976 and 1973.

41

. Bellofiore and Halevi 2010.

42

. Minsky 1975 and 1986.

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. Luxemburg 2003Chapters 18–24.

44

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45

. See Kalecki 1943.

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. Luxemburg 2003p. 447.

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. Luxemburg 2004ap. 321.

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