Profit, Accumulation and Crisis in Capitalism: Long-term Trends in UK, US, Japan and China, 1855–2018

1st Edition

Minqi Li

February 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages - 53 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367179786 - CAT# K416088
Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

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Karl Marx hypothesized that there is a long-term tendency for the profit rate to fall in capitalist economies. Immanuel Wallerstein hypothesized that capitalist development tends to drive up labor cost, material cost, and taxation cost. This book evaluates Marx’s and Wallerstein’s hypotheses by studying the long-term movement of the profit rate and contributing factors in major capitalist economies. During the 20th century, leading capitalist economies largely succeeded in stabilizing the profit rate. However, the current decline of the profit rate in China may precipitate the global capitalist economy into a new major crisis. As economic growth slows down in all major capitalist economies, Marx’s original hypothesis may be verified by the global economic events in the 21st century.

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