Andrew Kliman: The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession (2011)

15 May 2012, dusan

“The recent financial crisis and Great Recession have been analysed endlessly in the mainstream and academia, but this is the first book to conclude, on the basis of in-depth analyses of official US data, that Marx’s crisis theory can explain these events.

Marx believed that the rate of profit has a tendency to fall, leading to economic crises and recessions. Many economists, Marxists among them, have dismissed this theory out of hand, but Andrew Kliman’s careful data analysis shows that the rate of profit did indeed decline after the post-World War II boom and that free-market policies failed to reverse the decline. The fall in profitability led to sluggish investment and economic growth, mounting debt problems, desperate attempts of governments to fight these problems by piling up even more debt – and ultimately to the Great Recession.

Kliman’s conclusion is simple but shocking: short of socialist transformation, the only way to escape the ‘new normal’ of a stagnant, crisis-prone economy is to restore profitability through full-scale destruction of existing wealth, something not seen since the Depression of the 1930s.”

Publisher Pluto Press, 2011
ISBN 0745332390, 9780745332390
256 pages

Reviews: Matthew Wood (Marx & Philosophy, 2013), David J. Bailey (Political Studies Review, 2013), Michael Roberts (2011), Tibor Rutar (n.d.).


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3 Responses to “Andrew Kliman: The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession (2011)”

  1. Framji on January 28, 2020 12:19 pm

    Hi Dusan: this link is dead. Any chance it might be fixed? Many thanks.

  2. dusan on January 30, 2020 9:37 am


  3. Framji on January 30, 2020 9:26 pm

    Thank you.

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