Most developed economies are characterized by high levels of inequality and an inability to provide stability or opportunity for many of their citizens. Mainstream economics has proven to be of little assistance in addressing these systemic failures, and this has led both scholars and students to seek alternatives. One such alternative is provided by Marxian economics. In recent decades the field has seen tremendous theoretical development and Marxian perspectives have begun to appear in public discourse in unprecedented ways.

This handbook contains thirty-seven original essays from a wide range of leading international scholars, recognized for their expertise in different areas of Marxian economics. Its scope is broad, ranging from contributions on familiar Marxist concepts such as value theory, the labor process, accumulation, crisis and socialism, to others not always associated with the Marxian canon, like feminism, ecology, international migration and epistemology. This breadth of coverage reflects the development of Marxian economic and social theory, and encompasses both the history and the frontiers of current scholarship. This handbook provides an extensive statement of the current shape and future direction of Marxian economics.

The Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics is an invaluable resource for students, researchers and policy makers seeking guidance in this field. It is designed to serve both as a reference work and as a supplementary text for classroom use, with applications for courses in economics, sociology, political science, management, anthropology, development studies, philosophy and history.

part I|41 pages

Dialectics and Methodology

chapter 1|12 pages

Dialectics and Overdetermination

chapter 2|15 pages


chapter 3|13 pages

Marxian Class Analysis

part II|126 pages

Analytical and Theoretical Topics

chapter 4|6 pages


chapter 5|10 pages

Labor and Labor Power

chapter 6|10 pages

Abstract Labor

chapter 7|11 pages


chapter 8|10 pages

Value and Price

chapter 9|8 pages


chapter 11|11 pages


chapter 12|13 pages

Productive and Unproductive Labor

chapter 13|9 pages


part III|98 pages

Capitalist Production and Reproduction

chapter 16|11 pages

The Capitalist Firm

chapter 17|8 pages

Marxian Theories of the Labor Process

From Marx to Braverman

chapter 19|17 pages


chapter 20|10 pages

Marxian Reproduction Schemes

chapter 21|9 pages

Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall

Long-term Dynamics

chapter 22|11 pages

Business Cycles

Short-term Dynamics

chapter 23|10 pages


chapter 24|11 pages


part IV|70 pages

Capitalism, Non-Capitalism and Transitions

chapter 26|13 pages

Socialism and Communism

chapter 27|9 pages

International Migration

chapter 29|13 pages

Economic Development

chapter 30|13 pages


part V|73 pages

Marxian Traditions

chapter 31|13 pages


chapter 32|12 pages

Analytical Marxism

chapter 33|8 pages

Marxism and Keynesianism

chapter 35|11 pages

Monopoly Capital Theory

chapter 37|10 pages

Marxism and Ecology