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Oil and Blood in the Orient, Redux

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  • Bichler, Shimshon
  • Nitzan, Jonathan

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This research note updates selected charts from three previous papers. The new data present a rather startling picture, suggesting that the Middle East – and the global political economy more generally – might face an important crossroads. Our assessment here rests on the analysis of capital as power, or CasP. Beginning in the late 1980s, we suggested that, since the late 1960s, the Middle East was greatly influenced by the capitalized power of a Weapondollar-Petrodollar Coalition – a loose coalition comprising the leading oil companies, the OPEC cartel, armament contractors, engineering firms and large financial institutions – whose differential accumulation benefitted from and in turn helped fuel and sustain Middle East ‘energy conflicts’. These conflicts, we argued, reverberated far beyond the region: they affected the ups and downs of global growth, the gyrations of inflation and, in some important respects, the very evolution of the capitalist mode of power. And this impact, it seems to us, is now being called into question.

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  • Bichler, Shimshon & Nitzan, Jonathan, 2017. "Oil and Blood in the Orient, Redux," EconStor Preprints 172198, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:esprep:172198
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    1. Bichler, Shimshon & Nitzan, Jonathan, 1996. "Putting the State In Its Place: US Foreign Policy and Differential Accumulation in Middle-East “Energy Conflicts”," EconStor Open Access Articles and Book Chapters, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 608-661.
    2. Nitzan, Jonathan & Bichler, Shimshon, 2006. "New Imperialism or New Capitalism?," EconStor Open Access Articles and Book Chapters, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 1-86.
    3. Nitzan, Jonathan & Bichler, Shimshon, 2002. "The Global Political Economy of Israel," EconStor Books, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, number 157972.
    4. Nitzan, Jonathan & Bichler, Shimshon, 2001. "Going Global: Differential Accumulation and the Great U-turn in South Africa and Israel," EconStor Open Access Articles and Book Chapters, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 21-55.
    5. Rowley, Robin & Bichler, Shimshon & Nitzan, Jonathan, 1989. "The Armadollar-Petrodollar Coalition and the Middle East," EconStor Preprints 157847, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.
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    7. Nitzan, Jonathan & Rowley, Robin & Bichler, Shimshon, 1989. "Changing Fortunes: Armaments and the U.S. Economy," EconStor Preprints 157846, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.
    8. Bichler, Shimshon & Nitzan, Jonathan, 2012. "Imperialism and Financialism. A Story of a Nexus," EconStor Open Access Articles and Book Chapters, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 42-78.
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