The global economic crisis - Nacho Álvarez

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Plan of the lecture

  • The neoliberal answer to the crisis since the 1980’s

- The extension of neoliberal measures: liberalization, privatization and external opening of economies. - Main characteristics of the neoliberal period: financialization, stagnation and unemployment. - Restoring profitability: the wage stagnation. - The resurgence of financial capital

  • Marxist analysis of the current crisis

- Profitability and evolution of the rate of profit - Financialization and accumulation of fictitious capital: the crisis of neoliberalism - The Euro crisis: a storm in the center of the world economy - The crisis in Latin America and Asia

  • The responses of the elites to the current crisis and possible alternatives

- The response in USA: the support to Wall Street and to financial capital - Bailouts, austerity and Memorandums in the European Union: deepening social regression - Alternative economic policy

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