ISBN 9789382381143,Marxian Political Economy

Marxian Political Economy






Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789382381143

ISBN-10 9382381147


Number of Pages 166 Pages
Language (English)

Political economy

Social Scientist completed forty years of publication in the year 2012. To mark this occasion, it is planned tobring out a number of volumes containing articles on specific themes from past issues of the journal. Thepresent book is a part of this series. It contains a set of thirteen essays written by Professor VenkateshAthreya (under the pseudonym A.V. Balu) to provide readers with an introduction to Marxian politicaleconomy, which were published in issues of Social Scientist during the years 1976?78. They are mainlyconcerned with Volume I of Karl Marx?s Capital, with a focus on the origin of surplus value which is the keyto the anatomy of capitalism. These essays had attracted wide attention at the time they were published, and were used extensively inMarx study circles all over the country. What distinguished them was the fact that they were authored by anoutstanding professional economist, familiar with frontier research not only in Marxist economics but inbourgeois economics as well, and with a rare mastery over mathematical and statistical techniques. Theywere therefore written with a panache and sureness of touch that one often finds lacking in standard textbooks. Since the 1970s, when these essays were written, there have been dramatic changes in the world capitalistsystem which are of far- reaching economic, political and ideological significance. However, they are beingpresented in this book exactly as they were when first published. The central reason for this is that they didnot deal with capitalism as it existed at the time they were written, except for passing references. Instead,they are an exposition of Marx?s ideas as presented in Volume I of Capital, intended for lay readers andstudents with an inclination to analytical thinking as well as interest in progressive thought. The book does,however, include an introduction by the author explaining the changed context.