Category Archives: Issue 6: Capitalism

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Over the Hedge?

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In this article, Joe Austin considers the role of hedge funds in global financial markets and asks whether they played a part in causing the financial crisis that was sparked in 2007. The role of irresponsibility in markets is also explored. As a result of this irresponsibility, it can be argued that they should not be allowed to exist in their current form.

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Copyrighted Crops: Big Business, Intellectual Protection and Nature’s Bounty

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Abstract: Genetically modified crops are supposedly superior to more conventional cultivars and are increasingly grown by farmers. However, the majority of such plants are developed, at huge cost, by a relatively small number of corporations, who guard their intellectual property vigoursly. In this article, we explore some of the issues behind patenting supposedly everyday crops.

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Back to the future? Lessons in capitalism from Latin America

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The article examines some aspects of the ‘new capitalism’ in various Latin American countries, and compares it to the past Keynesian capitalism of Western Europe. Is Latin American ‘new capitalism’ a sustainable model? Can lessons be learnt from Latin America for those propagating Social Democracy in Europe, such as President-elect Hollande in France?