The Political Economy of Racism

“An intense and compact resource for understanding how the political economy of racism evolved in the United States."—Science & Society

Racism is about more than individual prejudice. And it is hardly the relic of a past era. This scholarly, readable, and provocative book shows how the persistence of racism in America relies on the changing interests of those who hold the real power in society and use every possible means to hold onto it.

About the author

MELVIN M. LEIMAN is an emeritus professor in the Department of Economics at Binghamton University, New York, and has written widely on political economy and racism.


“Informed and interesting. Students and scholars of all theoretical stripes will enjoy and benefit from this work... There is much that will appeal to anyone interested in learning the roots of racial discrimination in American society... a thoughtful, comprehensive, and provocative book.”
Contemporary Sociology

“A welcome construction of a materialist explanation for the persistence of racism.”
—Journal of Economic Literature