On Samir Amin

Radical scholar Samir Amin passed away on about a week ago. He was born in 1931.

A political economist, arguably his best known work is Accumulation on a World Scale, this two-volume work remains in print after having been first published in French in 1970.

Appreciations and obituaries appear at Monthly Review and Newsclick (and here).

Samir published in JCA, and these papers are currently available for free download:

After Nairobi — Preparing the non-aligned summit in Colombo: An appraisal of UNCTAD IV (6.3, 1976)

After the New International Economic Order: The Future of International Economic Relations (12.4, 1982)

Importantly, his work was used and debated by several authors writing for JCA. Some of these include:

Samir Amin on underdevelopment by Richard Leaver

Class analysis versus world systems: Critique of Samir Amin’s typology of under-development by Sheila Smith

Dependency and world-system theories: Varying political implications by Haldun Gulalp

Accumulation on a world scale a Review Article by P. Thandika Mkandawire

The hydra of development studies by Jack Arn

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