Class Struggle and Kondratieff Waves, 1870 to the Present

  • Beverly Silver


The resurgence of class conflict in Western Europe in the late 1960s, and the more-or-less simultaneous end of the long post-war boom prompted a revival of interest in both Kondratieff waves and in labour-capital conflict, and, not surprisingly, the emergence of some theories which postulate a causal link between these two processes. Ernest Mandel (1980), James E. Cronin (1980) and Ernesto Screpanti (1984) have elaborated theories which (more-or-less tightly) tie together a long wave in capital accumulation with a long wave in the class struggle. While these theories are intriguing, they have been subjected to little empirical verification. Furthermore, what has been attempted (for example, Screpanti, 1987; Goldstein, 1988) has been flawed by the use of insufficient or inappropriate empirical measures of ‘the class struggle’.


York Time Capital Accumulation Class Struggle Class Conflict Core Country 
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