Prabhat Patnaik is an eminent Indian Marxist economist and political commentator. He taught at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning in the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, from 1974 until his retirement in 2010. He was the vice-chairman of Kerala State Planning Board from June 2006 to May 2011. He was part of a four-member high-power task force of the United Nations to recommend reform measures for the global financial system.
His specializations are Macroeconomics and Political Economy, areas in which he has written a number of books and articles. His books include Time, Inflation and Growth (1988), Economics and Egalitarianism (1990), Whatever Happened to Imperialism and Other Essays (1995), Accumulation and Stability Under Capitalism (1997), The Retreat to Unfreedom (2003), The Value of Money (2008), Re-envisioning Socialism (2011) and A Theory of Imperialism (2016; co-authored with Utsa Patnaik). He is the editor of the journal Social Scientist.
Kerala State Planning Board.
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