Michael Haynes

Michael Haynes
University of Wolverhampton · Business School and Management Research Centre (MRC)

BSc Econ; MSc Econ, PhD

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October 1975 - June 2017
University of Wolverhampton
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In 2021 a Korean edition was published of my history of Russia since 1917. I was asked to update the final chapter but with the agreement of the translator and Korean group publishing it I wrote a reflective afterward both updating the analsysis and reflecting on its main themes. This is the Engish version.
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This is a short tribute to the left wing scholar and activist Colin Barker. It talks about his role as a theorist of capitalism in general, capitalist states and his role in social movement research as well as his activism. It also contains possibly the first English translation of a famous Russian poem by the Decembrist, Alexander Odoevsky: Fiery...
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Journalistic piece summarising problems of hard Brexit for farming sector. Published in local newspaper in Shropshire.
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The period between 1945 and the early 1970s were the years of ‘the long boom’. For almost three decades, the British economy, like other advanced economies, grew steadily. Standards of living increased in ways that could not have been imagined in the past. In 1957, the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, caught the mood of the time when he said ‘most...
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This piece is drawn from a larger project that looks at the prospects for growth in capitalism in the 21st century. It argues that the prospects for the continued development of the global south are limited so long as global capitalism continues in the form it has acquired today.
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This newspaper article briefly discusses the clothing bargains to be found in charity shops and the complications of the global second clothing trade.
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This journalistic piece was originally written for the Conversation - a social media outlet sponsored by UK universities, It was rejected on the grounds that the website could not be expected to criticise Vice Chancellors and therefore bite the hand that paid for it. It was published later on the RS21 website in early 2019. While universitieis are...
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Mike Haynes looks at the UK's record on receiving migrants and its relationship to that of the European Union. This is the second article rs21 has published in the wake of the concocted English Channel refugee 'crisis': see also Safe passage now-the border is the crisis.
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This critically reviews John McDonnell's edited collection Economics for the Many published by Verso in 2018. It was published on a political website and argues the book is valuable but also reveals the back of detailed policy preparation by th UK Labour Party.
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Part of UK Brexit debate. Contribution to regional newspaper. Semi---serious piece about dangers of Brexit and need to 'stock up'. Shortly after the UK government began to indicate that planning for the worst case was quite sensible.
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Sometimes doing research you come across lost things that are worth preserving. This is the story of a pub landlord leading a campaign against discos and contraceptve machines. It briefly hit the headlines in 1971. It disappeared from history. Why did I rescue it? Partly I like writng and partly it is part of my story as you will see if you read it...
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This is material I have used to discuss the nature of war on the Soviet home front between 1941 and 1945 with post graduate students. It reproduces English translations of the war poerty of Konstantin Simonov - poems which speak to the ways in which the war effort was presented and experienced at the time. I wanted to use poetry as something that c...
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A short 'fun' piece on PRODUCTIVITY written as blogpost which has since been removed. It is archived here. It has a serious point and was part of my research on the bigger issue of productivity and the failure of most accounts to deal wth its ambiguities. This is explored in my book Producivity published by Agenda 2020.
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This was powerpoint for a talk on Russian revolution. Thought I would use recently rediscovered drawings done by chidren at the time to show a view not seen by many before.
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This is a Portuguese translation of my article for the Jacobin series on the Russian Revolution on its 100th anniversary. A special thanks to the translators.
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This is a Greek translation of my article for the Jacobin series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. I am grateful to the translators for their work.
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This paper is an attempt to present some of the key arguments about the Russian Revolution in a different way. It was produced for the 2017 100th anniversary with the aim appealing to people bored by worthy and unworthy attempts to praise/ condemn the revolution. Thanks to RS21 magazine for supporting and publishing it and setting it out so well. (...
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After Victor Serge, Alfred Rosmer stands out for his discussion of how the Russian revolution was lost. He was an early member of the opposition, expelled from the young French Communist Party and a life long friend of Trotsky even though he disagreed with him on some important issues. His Lenin's Moscow is one of the most important accounts of Rus...
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This paper argues that too much writing on Africa reproduces a dominant narrative that undervalues difference and complexity in the continent. The paper reviews the main narrative of economic performance in Africa in the last half century. It criticises the tendency found in much economic and business writing to think of Africa in terms of what cul...
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This paper explores how the workplace experience of migrants helps to determine part of the social remittances they can make to their country of origin. The social remittance literature needs to pay more attention to work as an element of the migrant experience. Focus is placed on public internet forums related to newspapers in Poland because these...
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Analyses the development of global agricultural systems and their links to the expansion of capitalism. Also looks at the arguments over capitalism and famine and the more recent development of modern agri-business forms. As befits an encyclopaedia entry tries to set out the terms of the various debates.
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Journalistic piece arguing for good public toilets in workplace, shops. stations etc. Its all about human dignity or the lack of it.
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The history of public health and infectious disease and its relationship to sewage and dirty water and how the problem was solved in Britain and the rich world. Sadly coronavirus came along. It found the UK's public health system weakened and then sidelined.
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Discusses high street side of the UK banking crisis and estimates levels of consumer fraud. Agrees with Brecht that real criminals don't rob banks - they run them.
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This is an attempt to story the history of a modern university in a way that can be read by anyone, anywhere. We wanted to do the story of a university in a different way. It both tells the story of an institution and its staff - academic and non academic and its students as part of the history of the wider expansion of higher education in the UK....
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This is a chapter comes from a collective publication looking at the military in revolutions. Published in 2013 it reviews how the revolutionary soldiers and sailors in Russia were at the heart of both the February revolution and then the October one. They also played a key role in preventing a man on horseback like Kornilov leading a successful co...
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This paper reexamines the Russian mortality crisis drawing attention to the evidence of the intensification of pre-existing mortality gradients and their relationships to social inequality. The paper notes that social scientists and area specialists have lagged behind health and demographic specialists in drawing attention to the links between soci...
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Newspaper Article written in conjunction as part of the Commemoration of the Fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile crisis. Supported lectures and re-enactment at National Cold War Musuem
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This paper contextualises this special issue of the IJMCP on global labour by surveying the state of formation of the global labour force. Drawing on ILO data it distinguishes several groups within the global labour force. It notes problems in measuring the size of these groups and the debates about their nature and draws attention to the contribut...
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This brief journalistic article looks at the crisis in the UK care home sector related to the role of private providers and private equity firms. The big firm in question - Southern Cross - soon collapsed but in the next years the problems of the sector did not change nor did the role of private equity firms.
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In recent decades, there has been a growing shift towards the use of markets and quasi-markets in healthcare provision and an increasing managerialism in the context of major increases in expenditure. The paper offers some comparative data on these trends and poses some basic questions as to whose interests have been served by this and whether this...
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This paper reviews the main elements of the development of the financial and economic crisis from 2007/8. It considers the extent to which the teaching of business schools contributed to this in terms of misleading approaches to the issue of managers, leadership, human resource development research methods and so on. It argues that business school...
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This article tries to bring together the arguments about capitalism and health by looking at how life expectancy has improved but remains structured by the processes of capitalism and the perpetuation of 'class gradients' of health and health care. Important though health care is, the bigger task is to keep people from getting ill in the first plac...
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New institutional economies and the work of Coase, Williamson, North and others today occupies a central place in thinking about the nature of economic hierarchies institutions. This paper argues that it cannot offer a guide to history of the real development of markets, hierarchies and institutions. Those writers like MacIntyre and Sennett who foc...
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This short 2009 magazine piece reviews the argument about state capitalism insisting that it is a normal part of the functioning of capitalism. It discusses how socialists got entangled with the idea that capitalism can be reduced to private property in a narrow legal sense and how this led them to ignore the realities of the nature of the system i...
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This short essay is an encyclopaedia entry which tries to set out the historical, political and economic debates about the nature of socialism. It looks to the origins of the term and the socialist movement and discusses the arguments about the nature of so-called 'socialist' states. It concludes by summarising some of the issues in the socialist m...
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This article explores the relevance of the idea of state capitalism in Russian development. It situates the idea within the framework of capitalist development which it argues is marked by global inequalities, power imbalances and economic and military competition. The Russian Revolution of October 1917 was an attempt to overthrow this system but i...
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Reviews the way that statistics of deaths in war can be calculated and the often sloppy ways in which these are used by historians.
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Introduces and reviews theory and arguments from anti-globalisation movement c 2007-8.
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This this short paper reviews the history of craft production and the nature of the debates about its past, present, and possible future.
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This short chapter offers an introductory survey to the Middle East and some of the debates about it in the advanced world. It stresses the diversity of the region and its contested history. Even the name Middle East is something of a Western invention.
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This paper explores the transition in Russia in 2007 on the eve of the global economic crisis and the fall in the price of oil. It suggested that the recovery of Russian power had been bolstered by a high price of oil. But there had been an inability to turn this into a basis for longer term success. Nevertheless Russia's recovery was creating a si...
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The business corporation is at the centre of the modern global economy but does it act in the general interest? This paper explores Joel Bakan's film and book critique of the corporation which suggests that it is characterised by a 'pathological pursuit of power and profit'. It seeks to extend Bakan's argument by reconsidering the ethical position...
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This paper looks at the way that TV history is presented using Simon Schama's series on A History of Britain to explore some of the economics of high production quality TV history. It also analyses some of the ways in which Schama's history of Britain creates a peculiarly disjointed narrative and some of the weaknesses and strengths of his account....
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This paper sets out the main statistics of social conflict in Russia in 1905 drawn from the original Russian (state) sources. It was written for a special issue of the journal Revolutionary History edited by my friend Pete Glatter who was sadly to die prematurely of a degenerative disease. Pete had realised how much memoir material had been publish...
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This is a review article of China Mieville's Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law (Brill, Historical Materialism book series, 2005). The review article uses the frame of the war with Iraq but follows Mieville in rejecting the idea that international law can contain states. Big states like the US need international law but sin...
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This paper looks at the way that western economists dealt with the development of the Balkans after 1945 and the ways that economic writing was influenced by Cold War forces and the contrasting interpretations of those Balkan states in the Soviet Bloc, Yugoslavia and Greece. Despite the argument that economists deal in hard data the paper sees econ...
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This paper summarizes and extends some of the arguments in M.Haynes & R.Husan, A Century of State Murder? Death and Policy in Russia in the Twentieth Century, 2003 - especially its chapter 3 which sets out the scale and pattern of death under the Stalin regime in the years 1928-1953. In particular it stresses the key role of social inequaliry in th...
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Short review of Behind the Scenes at the WTO by Fatoumata Jawara and Aileen Kwa, (Zed Books) highlighting the undemocratic nature of the WTO. Written when anti-globalisation movement was on the up.
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Russia has one of the lowest rates of adult life expectancy in the world. Average life expectancy for a man in America is 74; in Russia, it is just 59. Birth rates and population levels have also plummeted. These excess levels of mortality affect all countries that formed the former Soviet bloc. Running into many millions, they raise obvious compar...
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This paper is intended as a major review article which discusses how, a decade after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the different theories of the left about the nature of that bloc stand up. It argues that there are three meaningful alternatives - the theory(ies) of the 'degenerated workers' states'; the theory(ies) of bureaucratic collectivism o...
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Can a strong convergence process be set in motion which will give hope that transition countries begin to catch up with the Western world? The collapse of Soviet control in Eastern Europe in 1989, and the subsequent disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, led everywhere to a re-evaluation of the past and a more optimistic appreciation of the pr...
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Metadata only At the core of thinking about the post-communist transition has been the goal of convergence with the advanced West. This article accepts the legitimacy of this goal but argues that the prospects for its achievement are not good. Neo-classical theorists have misled and continue to mislead policy makers about the ease with which the go...
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This paper attempts to extend these arguments to the way in which the transition in the Soviet bloc has been conceived. We first review some of the questionable approaches to the role of the market that underpins so much thinking about the transition. We then attempt to situate the transition in a broader historical perspective before finally sugge...
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This is a translation of an English language magazine article critiquing the world bank.
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Straipsnyje nagrinėjamos pereinamosios ekonomikos šalių problemos, įvertinant lėtos konvergencijos buvusiose sovietų bloko šalyse priežastis. Pereinamosios ekonomikos šalių problemų negalima sieti tik su vidaus trūkumais, o vien rinkos mechanizmų taikymas problemų neišsprendžia. Lėtą šių šalių integraciją į pasaulinę ekonomiką lemia bendresnė pasau...
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This piece was written after 9/11. Discusses, hopefully in a popular and approachable way, how the war on terrorism was, and is, thought of as a civilisation war and identifies its contradictions showing some of the other side of the story. It has also appeared in several other places.
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Conventional economic theory suggests that a cluster of strong states such as those that make up the European Union should create powerful equilibrating forces which will help even out the level of economic development. But the pattern of actual development in the European Union, both internally and in the states along its borders, appears to be ma...
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This paper attacks the idea that growth alone can deal with the problems of global convergence. It shows that even on the most optimistic assumptions global redistribution is also necessary.
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This short popular paper sets out a basic framework for understanding the long historical trajectory of capitalism. Since Marx never finished Capital it is hardly possible to cram everything into a few pages but I wanted to give a sense of what matters over the long run. In these terms I still think that it is of interest.
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This paper discusses how the idea of Europe has been constructed over time not simply against 'the other' but very specific others and it looks at how this then developed in terms of immigration control and borders of concrete and barbed wire. Although written before the expansion of the EU to include 'Eastern Europe' it anticipates the continuing...
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This paper appears for the first time in English having been published as a book chapter in Bulgarian in 1999. It is a general survey of patterns of industrialisation and uses the data available then to look at the pattern of change. Since its publication the data has been revised and extended but the basic patterns not changed. The paper tries to...
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This paper attempts to track the catastrophic transition crisis in Russia in the 1990s which culminated in the crash of 1997. Its aim is to show how those in control were able to accumulate great personal wealth for themselves while the mass of the population suffered impoverishment and demoralisation. The mechanisms involved in the collapse of the...
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This paper argues that in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the societies and economies of Eastern Europe struggled to develop a successful capitalism using markets. The result was a shift towards more statist projects. With the rise of so-called communism in eastern Europe these statist projects took a more extreme form but their specif...
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Following from a discussion of the evidence for developmental convergence within the European Union and between it and its immediate geographical periphery, this paper argues that the ideology of 'Europeanness' which underpins the European project serves in part to justify the European Union as a relatively exclusive 'rich man's club', keeping its...
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This paper looks at the way that, East and West, there has been a retreat in understandings of the Russian Revolution. It argues for a rejection of all forms of totalitarian approaches and those which see 'degeneration as inevitable. It gives some basic data on the social processes of dislocation which led to and then undermined the revolution.
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Analyses thepolitical and theoretical debate about European integration at the end of the 1990s focusing on the tensions between deepening the union and widening it to include the various transition states. Includes review of academic perspectuves, background economic and political data, press comment of time. 100 references.
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This paper was written in the late 1990s as an attempt to set out the main arguments about nationalism developed by historians. It was translated into Bulgarian and published in a Bulgarian historical journal. Here it is presented in its slightly revised English version. Looks at Anderson, Gellner, etc as well as work of historians like Eugene Webe...
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This is probably the most important thing I have written on the Russian Revolution. It is now available below in a PDF version and is probably coming out in a German version. What makes it important? I was asked to write an analysis of the revolution that engaged both with the social history school and the increasingly right wing turn in writings o...
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Analyses Eastern European Transition in mid 1990s
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Attacks the way in which Western Economists were relating to the transition in the first decade after 1989/1991.
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This 1994 paper criticises an analysis of the nature of the Russian transition made by Simon Clarke et al in the 1990s. Clarke led a huge research programme from the University of Warwick in the UK that produced many accounts of the transition and which focused on the workers and the work based experience of transition. But as this review argues, t...
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Written in 1994, before the publication of a series of western studies on aspects of sexuality and revolution in Russia (Healey, Naiman etc), this short magazine article sets out the bigger outlines of the story. It still seems to me to be a good broad account of the changing fortunes of the argument about sexuality. At the time I was considering w...

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