York prof warns about the impact of war

A York professor of political economy and a political economist in Israel have co-authored a new book on the global economy of Israel. They say the spectre of another Middle East war is a throwback to the oil and weapons dependence of the past that will severely damage the country and the region’s global integration, and could lead to a world crisis of rising inflation and unemployment.

The Global Political Economy of Israel

(Pluto Press, London, 2002) by Prof Jonathan Nitzan at York and Shimshon Bichler in Israel, presents the big picture of politics and economics in the region, providing a window of insight into the latest unravelling of the Middle East peace process. The book will be launched at the York University bookstore on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 4:30-6pm.

Reviews of the book say Nitzan and Bichler are “two of the more innovative political economists in the world right now,” whose analysis “lays bare the innermost structures of power of Israeli society.” The book has been called “the most authoritative study of the Israeli state to date,” and “a significant contribution to state theory and globalization.”

For further details about the book visit this Web site: http://www.yorku.ca/ycom/release/archive/100802.htm.