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Research in Political Economy

ISSN: 0161-7230
Series editor(s): Professor Paul Zarembka

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Global Wage Scaling and Left Ideology: A Critique of Charles Post on the ‘Labour Aristocracy’


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Title:Global Wage Scaling and Left Ideology: A Critique of Charles Post on the ‘Labour Aristocracy’
Author(s):Zak Cope
Volume:28 Editor(s): Paul Zarembka ISBN: 978-1-78190-670-5 eISBN: 978-1-78190-671-2
Citation:Zak Cope (2013), Global Wage Scaling and Left Ideology: A Critique of Charles Post on the ‘Labour Aristocracy’, in Paul Zarembka (ed.) Contradictions: Finance, Greed, and Labor Unequally Paid (Research in Political Economy, Volume 28), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.89-129
DOI:10.1108/S0161-7230(2013)0000028005 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This essay demonstrates that US economist Charles Post’s attempted rebuttal of the ‘labour aristocracy’ thesis is both theoretically and empirically flawed. Defending the proposition that colonialism, capital export imperialism and the formation of oligopolies with global reach have, over the past century and more, worked to sustain the living standards of a privileged upper stratum of the international working class, it rejects Post’s assertion that the existence of such cannot be proven. The essay concludes with a working definition of this ‘labour aristocracy’, setting the concept within the field of global political economy and reclaiming its relevance to the Marxist tradition.

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