The Spectre of State Capitalism

Dr Ilias Alami 


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The talk draws upon a series of papers recently published on state capitalism, and a work-in-progress book-length manuscript co-authored with Adam D. Dixon. The book contributes to the development of state capitalism as a reflexively critical project focusing on the morphology of present-day capitalism, and particularly on the changing role of the state. It aims to bring analytical clarity to state capitalism studies by offering a rigorous definition of its object of investigation, and by demonstrating how the category state capitalism can be productively construed as a means of problematising the current aggregate expansion of the state’s role as promoter, supervisor and owner of capital across the world economy.

Ilias Alami is a political economist and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden. Prior to joining Maastricht University, he worked as a researcher at Maastricht University, and as a lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester. He also held visiting positions at Sciences Po Paris, the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, and the University of Johannesburg. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of global political economy and ecology, money and finance, state capitalism, North-South relations, theories of the state, and the articulations between race/class/coloniality.

He is the author of Money Power and Financial Capital in Emerging Markets (Routledge, 2019), which was shortlisted for the British International Studies Association 2020 best book in international political economy award, and The Specter of State Capitalism (forthcoming, co-authored with Adam Dixon).

This is the third event in our speaker series for 2022-23. The full schedule is available here.

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