With the kick-start to the new academic term in the UK occurring, I thought it appropriate to jolt back into action on For the Desk Drawer with a series of blog posts. There are quite a few in the pipeline but for now I want to concentrate on my attendance at the 8th Rethinking Marxism international conference on ‘Surplus, Solidarity, Sufficiency’ at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (19-22 September 2013).

I presented two papers at the conference. One was a paper on society, space and state in modern Mexico focusing on the Monument to the Revolution, on a panel including Nicola Short and Chris Hesketh, entitled ‘Gramsci and the Survival of Capitalism’. The additional paper was a roundtable contribution on David Ruccio’s outstanding book Development and Globalization, the focus of this blog post.

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