Rentierism and the commons: a critical contribution to Brett Christophers' rentier capitalism

Karakilic, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-4620-5856, 2022. Rentierism and the commons: a critical contribution to Brett Christophers' rentier capitalism. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 54 (2), pp. 422-429. ISSN 0308-518X

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In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of publications that offer the term of rentierism to define the current economic system in the Global North. More recently, Brettt Christophers has produced a series of work that aims to account for the ascendancy of rentierism from a political-economy perspective -in which Marx is mostly neglected. This exchange article aims to bring Marx and Marxist thought back into discussion to read rentierism politically. In particular, it inquiries into how rentierism relates to the nature of class relations by addressing an “open secret”, namely that rentierism rests essentially on the enclosure and expropriation of the commons. It analyses rentierism as capital’s counter-movement, enforcing its priorities and drives on spaces where alternative social systems emerge and develop. In the final part, a provocative conclusive remark is offered on Christophers’ “what is to be done?”.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space
Creators: Karakilic, E.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 1 March 2022
Volume: 54
Number: 2
ISSN: 0308-518X
Rights: Accepted for publication in Environment and Planning A. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 17 Nov 2021 10:24
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 13:47

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