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A more careful identification of the City's activities is not only essential for an understanding of its economic relationship with domestic industry, but also of the City-state links which have been the basis for the political reproduction of the City's conditions of existence, and the related defeat of the various industrial strategies which threatened them. This issue of the political relationships between the City and industry, and between these forms of capital and the state comprises, then, the second set of major problems in recent Marxist writings on the subject.

More recently, however, the contribution of the City's earnings to the balance of payments account has increased. 4. 4 By the late 1970s, the balance of trade was running an annual deficit of over flOOOm. 5 The City no longer commands the absolute supremacy m the world system that it did in the late Victorian and Edwardian period, but it remains highly successful, despite growing fears of competition from other centres. Its present strengths, as we shall see, derive largely from the generalised 'trust' with which the world views the City.

53 But this comment was restricted to a footnote in Finanzkapital and, as I have noted, he argued that this minor variation in the general pattern of economic development would be eradicated when increased competition from Germany and the USA stimulated British 'finance capital' to improve the organisation of its domestic industry. Bukharin noted a few years later in his Imperialism and World Economy: 'In England, where, despite the great concentration of industry, the monopoly movement for a long while remained very weak'.

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