Selected Essays: From National Liberation to Globalisation presents an encompassing overview of the work of one of the most prolific and insightful Marxist economists of the second half of the twentieth century. It starts off with a new interview in which Harris reflects on the development of his thought over the more than half a century separating the death of Stalin from the latest developments in globalisation and capitalist restructuring. The collected essays deal with topics ranging from imperialism and the state to the political economy of development and migration, and offer an ample selection from Harris’s political journalism. Together the work constitutes at once a personal journey through the history of the British revolutionary left and a trenchant commentary on some of the most fundamental problems facing a renewed Marxist theory.
Nigel Harris is a British economist and Professor Emeritus of the Economics of the City at University College London. His
Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in Modern China was republished by Haymarket Books in 2015.
Ahmed Shawki is author of
Black Liberation and Socialism. He is also an editor at Haymarket Books in Chicago and on the editorial board of the journal International Socialist Review.
Table of contents
Introduction: An Interview with Nigel Harris
Imperialism and the World Order
How Should We Characterise the World Order? Reflections on Callinicos’s Imperialism and Global Political Economy
Can the West Survive?
On Economic Globalisation, Neo-Liberalism and the Nature of the Period
The State and Economic Development
The ‘Scissors Crisis in India and China’
Agriculture, Peasants and Accumulation
The Revolutionary Role of the Peasantry
China, Decentralisation and Development
Nationalism and Development
The War-Making State and Privatisation
The Rise and Fall of the Concept of ‘National Economic Development’
Issues in Political Economy
Food, Development and Crisis
The Road from 1910
Trade in Early India: Themes in Indian History
The New Untouchables: The International Migration of Labour
The Economics and Politics of the Free Movement of People
Immigration and State Power
The Freedom to Move
Journalism and Shorter Pieces
Japan: From the Other Side of the Hill
Vietnam: Old Men Remember
Churchill: A Ruling-Class Militant
Two Notes on a Visit to the United States
Rip van Winkle in China
Apartheid is Dead! Long Live Apartheid!
Korea’s New Revolution
Structural Adjustment in Romania
Forms of Compulsion
Economic Fusion, Political Fission
Mexico’s Tiananmen Square
Peru: Emerging from the Crisis
Vietnam: Back at the Beginning
Lebanon: There is Life after Death
Indonesia: The Year of Anniversaries
The First Commonwealth Immigration Act 1962: Fifty Years On
Bibliography of Nigel Harris’s Writings References Index
Scholars and educated readers interested in theories of immigration and imperialism, development economics, the world market, politics of international solidarity.