Polity
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Description

What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range of sectors, these firms are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to operate on. This transformation signals a major shift in how capitalist firms operate and how they interact with the rest of the economy: the emergence of platform capitalism .

This book critically examines these new business forms, tracing their genesis from the long downturn of the 1970s to the boom and bust of the 1990s and the aftershocks of the 2008 crisis. It shows how the fundamental foundations of the economy are rapidly being carved up among a small number of monopolistic platforms, and how the platform introduces new tendencies within capitalism that pose significant challenges to any vision of a post-capitalist future. This book will be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the most powerful tech companies of our time are transforming the global economy."

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Hardcover
Status
Forthcoming
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509504862
ISBN10
1509504869
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2016
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2017
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2016


Format
190 x 130 mm
7.48 x 5.12 in
Pages
120 pages
Paperback
Status
Forthcoming
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509504879
ISBN10
1509504877
Publication Dates ROW:
Dec 2016
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2017
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Dec 2016



Format
190 x 130 mm
7.48 x 5.12 in
Pages
120 pages

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Reviews

Platform Capitalism is a high definition snapshot of the current political economic situation than manages to get a lot of detail into a tight frame. It offers a convincing image of the current stage of capitalist development as a series of variations on the theme of the platform as a means of consolidating or seizing a kind of monopoly leverage over not only distribution but also production. Srnicek gives good reasons for thinking the platform moment in capital accumulation might be less all-conquering than it looks.
McKenzie Wark, author of Telethesia: Communication, Culture and Class

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Author Information

Nick Srnicek is a PhD graduate in International Relations from the LSE, and co-author of the influential ‘Accelerate Manifesto’.

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