Cognitive Capitalism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-21
  • Publisher: Polity

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We live in a time of transition, argues Yann Moulier Boutang. But the irony is that this is not a transition to a new type of society called &'socialism&', as many on the Left had assumed; rather, it is a transition to a new type of capitalism. Socialism has been left behind by a new revolution in our midst. &'Globalization&' effectively corresponds to the emergence, since 1975, of a third kind of capitalism. It does not have much to do with the industrial capitalism which, at the point of its birth (1750-1820), broke with earlier forms of mercantile capitalism. The aim of this book is to describe and explain the characteristics of this third age of capitalism. Boutang coins the term &'cognitive capitalism&' to describe this new form of capitalism. While this notion remains a working hypothesis, it already provides some basic orientations and anchor points which are indispensible for political action. The political economy which was born with Adam Smith no longer offers us the possibility of understanding the reality which is being constructed before our eyes & namely the value, wealth and complexity of the world economic system & and it also does not enable us to deal with the challenges that await humanity, whether ecological or social. This book thus seeks to put us onto the path of a provisional politics and morality capable of dealing with this new Great Transformation.

Author Biography

Yann Moulier Boutang is professor of economics at Université de Technologie de Compiègne.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vi
Preface to the English editionp. xi
Illustrationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The new frontiers of political economyp. 11
What cognitive capitalism is notp. 38
What is cognitive capitalism?p. 47
New capitalism, new contradictionsp. 92
The question of social classes and the composition of cognitive capitalismp. 122
Macroeconomic deadlock: Going beyond the critique of neoliberalism and financialisationp. 136
Envoi: A manifesto for the Pollen Societyp. 149
Does the financial crisis sound the knell of a cognitive capitalism that is stillborn?p. 167
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 233
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