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Innovation and Development of Social Structure of Accumulation (SSA) Theory: A Discussion with Lü Shoujun

Social Sciences in China

Vol. 38, No. 3, 2017

 

Innovation and Development of Social Structure of Accumulation (SSA) Theory: A Discussion with Lü Shoujun

(Abstract)

 

Ma Yan, David Kotz and Terrence McDonough

 

The social structure of accumulation (SSA) theory is one of the important schools of Western Marxist economics, but China’s theoretical circles do not fully understand its developmental path or its latest research findings. This is reflected in the comments about the SSA School in Lü Shoujun’s paper, “Grasping Intermediate-Level Analysis of Contemporary Capitalism: The Evolution of the French Regulation School’s Theoretical System.” We need to give a clearer explanation of the relation between SSA theory and the French Regulation School. In particular, we need to review the major innovations and developments in SSA theory in recent years, including its theoretical analysis of the 2008 financial crisis, of sustainable SSA (SSSA) theory, and of China SSA (CSSA) theory.

 

Keywords: SSA theory, French Regulation School, innovation and development