Rentier Capitalism


How did Britain’s economy become a bastion of inequality? The author of ‘The New Enclosure’ provides a forensic examination and sweeping critique of early-21st-century capitalism. Brett Christophers styles this as ‘rentier capitalism’, in which ownership of key types of scarce assets – such as land, intellectual property, natural resources, or digital platforms – is all-important and dominated by a few unfathomably wealthy companies and individuals: rentiers. If a small elite owns today’s economy, everybody else foots the bill. Nowhere is this divergence starker, Christophers shows, than in the United Kingdom, where the prototypical ills of rentier capitalism – vast inequalities combined with entrenched economic stagnation – are on full display and have led the country inexorably to the precipice of Brexit.

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SKU: 9781788739757 Category: Tags: , Publisher/imprint : Verso
Page count : 512
Published on 14th June, 2022

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Weight 0.464 kg
Dimensions 21 × 14 × 3.7 cm