Skip to main content
Article
Roemer's "General" Theory of Exploitation Is a Special Case: The Limits of Walrasian Marxism
Economics Faculty Works
  • James Devine, Loyola Marymount University
  • Gary Dymski, University of California, Riverside
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-1991
Disciplines
Abstract
In a series of recent writings, John Roemer (1982a, 1982b, 1985, 1988) has made a provocative claim: exploitation and class are merely second-order concepts within Marxian theory, because both phenomena derive directly from differential ownership of productive assets (DOPA); indeed, exploitation remains a consistent index of economic injustice only if a “property relations” conception of exploitation replaces the common “labor-value” view. In sum, property relations, not the labor exchange, the labor proces, labor values, or even capitalist accumlation should be the central concern of Marxian theory.
Publisher Statement

Copyright 1991 Cambridge University Press.

Available on publisher's site at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=2795988

Citation Information

Devine, James, and Dymski, G. "Roemer's "General" Theory of Exploitation Is a Special Case: The Limits of Walrasian Marxism." Economics and Philosophy 7 (1991): 235-275.