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The Limits of Capital

The Limits of Capital

by David Harvey
Publication Date: 07/01/2019

Now a classic of Marxian economics, The Limits to Capital provides one of the best theoretical guides to the history and geography of capitalist development.

In this edition, Harvey updates his classic text with a substantial discussion of the turmoil in world markets today.

In his analyses of 'fictitious capital' and 'uneven geographical development' Harvey takes the reader step by step through layers of crisis formation, beginning with Marx's controversial argument concerning the falling rate of profit, moving through crises of credit and finance, and closing with a timely analysis geopolitical and geographical considerations.

Political science & theory
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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“A thoroughgoing critique, synthesis and extension of the several varieties of crisis theory underwritten by Marx's thought.” – Benjamin Kunkel, London Review of Books

“A unique and insightful theory of capital.” – Monthly Review

“A magnificent achievement, [one of] the most complete, readable, lucid and least partisan exegesis, critique and extension of Marx's mature political economy available.” – Environment and Planning

“A magisterial work.” – Fredric Jameson,

“David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals.” – Naomi Klein,

David Harvey

Emeritus Professor David Harvey After qualifying as an accountant in the United Kingdom, David began lecturing in 1971 at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now Portsmouth University) with a subsequent move to Plymouth Polytechnic (now the University of Plymouth) in 1977.

During his time in the United Kingdom he developed a keen interest in curriculum development and teaching methods and was involved with the writing of several books with an open learning style, many of these in collaboration with Peter Atrill and Eddie McLaney. During this time he also completed a Masters degree in Managerial Financial Controls and a PhD in the areas of investment and financing decisions.

This research work covered both traditional investment appraisal and corporate strategy. In 1991 he moved to Australia to take up the position of Professor of Accounting and Head of the Centre for Accounting and Finance at the University of New England (Northern Rivers), which subsequently became Southern Cross University.

In 1992 he became the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Computing, a position he held until 1996, before reverting to his Professorship. In 2000 he took up the position of the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2001 the Faculty of Commerce was merged with the Faculty of Business and David became Dean of the enlarged Faculty of Business.

David has had extensive experience in developing and teaching programs internationally. His most recent position was as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Quality), a position he held from 2004 until his retirement in 2005.

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