The Open UniversitySkip to content

Tugan-Baranowsky and effective demand

Milios, John and Sotiropoulos, Dimitris (2007). Tugan-Baranowsky and effective demand. Science and Society, 71(2) pp. 227–242.

Full text available as:
Full text not publicly available (Version of Record)
Due to publisher licensing restrictions, this file is not available for public download
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Tugan-Baranowsky criticized underconsuption crisis theories on the hasis of Marx's reproduction schemes in Vol. II of Capital. However, he incorporated in his analysis the "ahsolute immiseration thesis," and claimed that "proportionality" between production sectors would exclude any possibility of crisis, despite the supposedly continuous fall in mass consumption. This approach allows for a Keynesian interpretation of Marx's theory of expanded reproduction of social capital, according to which a constantly increasing investment demand may always compensate for the lacking demand for consumer goods. In contrast to Keynesian approaches, the ultimate "cause" of an economic crisis is found to be not "lack of demand" but "lack of surplus value," in the sense that the totality of capitalist contradictions renders capital unable to exploit labor at the level of exploitation that is required for sustaining profitability rates.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 Guilford Publications Inc.
ISSN: 0036-8237
Keywords: Marxist philosophy; Marxist analysis; Keynsian economics; financial crises; infrastructure (economics)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Accounting and Finance
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 39280
Depositing User: Dimitris Sotiropoulos
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2014 09:14
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:18
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU