Itoh, Makoto
March 2012
World Review of Political Economy;Spring2012, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p4
Academic Journal
This article analyzes the recent global economic crisis in the central capitalist economies from the viewpoint of Marxian political economy. In the first section, it examines the so-called sovereign crisis concerning the deepening fiscal crisis of the states, particularly serious now in the Euro zone. Although there is a structural problem causing the sovereign crisis in peripheral countries in the Euro zone, the menace of the sovereign crisis is not limited to this region. Both the US and Japanese governments also suffer from cumulative state debt in all its features. In the second section, it emphasizes the significance of the continuity of economic disaster from the subprime to the sovereign crisis as a structured debt crisis in the financialized capitalism of our age. This encompasses structural debt crises of labor power, financial institutions, and the states. In the third section, the article shows why renewed Keynesian and social democratic policies in 2009-10 could not be maintained, after restoring economic growth in major economies, but were shifted back to neo-liberal austerity policies.


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