Past & Present Reading Group

Building on earlier initiatives, this reading group was launched in 2014 within the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney to provide a regular focus on classics of heterodox political economy, past and present. The group meets once a week to share comments, thoughts, and reflections on key books shaping the broad contours of political economy. The aim is to carry an online repository of book reviews on all the titles featured in the Past & Present Reading Group. These reviews may be short ‘squibs’ or more capacious reviews that want to say something about political economy in and beyond the Marxist tradition.

If you want to join the group or suggest an idea for a book to review please contact

Adam David Morton.

The list of books read, reviewed and by whom in the group include the following reviews (most recent first), which are accessible by clicking on the individual tabs, below:

  1. Gareth Bryant on Jason Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital;
  2. Joe Collins on Suzanne de Brunhoff, Marx on Money;
  3. Gareth Bryant on Susanne Soederberg, Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry: Money, Discipline and the Surplus Population;
  4. Luis F. Angosto-Ferrández on Nicos Poulantzas, State, Power, Socialism;
  5. Martijn Konings on Samuel Knafo, The Making of Modern Finance: Liberal Governance and the Gold Standard; 
  6. Bill Dunn on Charles Post, The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620-1877;
  7. Adam David Morton on Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Enzo Faletto, Dependency and Development in Latin America;
  8. Claire Parfitt on Costas Lapavitsas, Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All; and
  9. Adam David Morton on Peter Thomas,  The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism.

 
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10 talking points from Jason W. Moore’s ‘Capitalism in the Web of Life’


 
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Suzanne de Brunhoff, Marx on Money

 
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Susanne Soederberg, Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry

 
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Nicos Poulantzas, State, Power, Socialism


 
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Samuel Knafo, The Making of Modern Finance


 
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Charles Post, The American Road to Capitalism

 
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Enzo Faletto, Dependency and Development in Latin America

 
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Costas Lapavitsas, Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All


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