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The Political Economy of Digital Monopolies: Contradictions and Alternatives to Data Commodification

Pasko Bilic, Toni Prug, and Mislav Žitko


Digital platforms have come under intense scrutiny from scholars, policy makers, regulators, and the general public for their immense and yet largely opaque influence on the social and economic sphere. This book advances value-form and social-form directions in Marxian theory, moving beyond mainstream economic reasoning that informs much of the debate. Digital monopoly platforms such as Google and Facebook are analysed in light of their profit seeking behaviour and monetary flows generated primarily through advertising and data commodification. Considering the unity of production and circulati ... More

Keywords: monopoly, digital platforms, value form, social form, legal form, technological form, advertising, Google and Facebook, Free Software, public wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529212372
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529212372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pasko Bilic, author
Institute for Development and International Relations

Toni Prug, author

Mislav Žitko, author
University of Zagreb