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About

The authors of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives are:

Leo Victor Panitch (BA Manitoba, MA & PhD London School of Economics) is the Senior Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, and the co-editor of the internationally renowned annual volume, The Socialist Register. His many books American Empire and the Political Economy of Global Finance, (Palgrave Macmillan 2009); Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination (Merlin 2008); Global Capitalism and American Empire (Merlin, 2004); From Consent to Coercion: The Assault on Trade Union Freedoms (Garamond 2003); The End of Parliamentary Socialism (Verso 2001); A Different Kind of State? Popular Power and Democratic Administration (Oxford University Press 1992); Working Class Politics in Crisis (Verso 1986), The Canadian State: Political Economy and Political Power (University of Toronto Press 1977); and Social Democracy and Industrial Militancy (Cambridge University Press 1976). In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for “the wide ranging impact of his published scholarship”, including “his theoretical argument about the limitations of corporatism and for his contribution to the development of the theory of the state in capitalist societies.” He is now completing a major book with his co-author Sam Gindin on The Making of Global Capitalism. Foreign Policy magazine (May/June 2009) featured his essay on ‘Thoroughly Modern Marx’ on its front cover.

Sam Gindin was born in Siberia, grew up in Winnipeg, went to graduate  school in Madison, Wisconsin  and spent most of his working life in Toronto as Research Director, then Assistant to the President, of the Canadian Autoworkers-CAW. Since his retirement from the union in 2000, he has been the Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University. He remains active in the labour and social movements as a member of the Socialist Project and the recently-formed GreaterToronto Workers’ Assembly. His writings have focused on the CAW, the auto industry, the crisis in organized labour in Canada and the US, and the political economy of American capitalism. He is currently working on a book with his life-long friend and frequent co-author, Leo Panitch, on the making of global capitalism.

Greg Albo teaches political economy at the  Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto.  He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is also on the on the editorial boards of Studies in Political Economy, RelayCapitalism, Nature, Socialism, Canadian Dimension, The Bullet and Historical Materialism (England).  Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.  Professor Albo is also on the executive of the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto. He has lectured in universities across Canada, and also in the US, Columbia, Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Italy, Britain, Austria, Germany and elsewhere. Professor Albo’s research interests are the political economy of contemporary capitalism, labour market policies in Canada, and democratization.  He teaches courses on the foundations of political economy, Canadian political economy, alternatives to capitalism, and democratic administration.

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