Post-Crisis Capital Controls in Developing and Emerging Countries: Regaining Policy Space? A Historical Materialist Engagement

Ilias Alami*

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Recent political economy scholarship has interpreted the recent resurgence of capital controls across the Global South as attempts by some developing countries to preserve their policy space to pursue heterodox economic policies. This article critically engages with this literature and argues for the need to study capital controls in light of the social constitution and the class character of the capitalist state, money, and private capital flows. This argument is substantiated through a class analysis of the deployment of capital controls in Brazil from 1945 to 2014, which emphasizes the crucial role that capital controls have historically played in the reproduction of capitalist social relations and particular forms of class rule in Brazil. JEL Classification: F30, F32, F38, F54

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-649
Number of pages21
JournalReview of Radical Political Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Brazil
  • Marxist political economy
  • capital controls
  • development
  • policy space
  • state theory

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