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Palgrave Macmillan

Comparative Political Economy

States, Markets and Global Capitalism

ISBN 9780230555167
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This new textbook provides an authoritative analysis of Comparative Political Economy and how it can help us to understand the global capitalist marketplace in the 21st century in all its variant forms. The author provides broad-ranging empirical examples throughout and relates classical concerns to current international affairs.

Ben Clift is Professor of Political Economy, and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Warwick University, UK. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.

Introduction: The Focus and Rationale of the Book
1. Comparative Political Economy: Lineages From Classical Political Economy, Linkages To International Political Economy
2. The CPE of Capitalism & Classical Political Economy
3. Disciplinary Politics and the Genealogy of CPE
4. Institutional Analysis and CPE
5. Interests-Based Analysis and CPE
6. Ideational Analysis and CPE
7. The CPE of the State
8. Comparative Capitalisms
9. The CPE of Finance and Corporate Governance
10. The CPE of Welfare
11. The Comparative Method and CPE


"Ben Clift provides a crisp, cogent and compelling introduction to comparative political economy. Theoretically rich, highly perceptive and packed with telling analytical insights he makes the best possible case for the value of comparative political economy today. A must read."
- Colin Hay, Sciences Po, France "Every so often, a book comes along that both demands inclusion on student reading lists and takes scholarly debate forward. Comparative Political Economy if one of those rare volumes. Writing with clarity, passion and erudition, Ben Clift defends a political economy that is methodologically pluralist, historically sensitive and wide-ranging in approach. A masterpiece of exegesis, it will force scholars to rethink the supposed boundaries between comparative and international political economy, and it will gain countless adherents in the classroom."
- Ben Rosamond, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
"Ben Clift has written the most comprehensive review of comparative political economy I've seen in many years. Classical and modern debates; interest-based and ideational approaches; diverse methodological perspectives—it's all covered. This is a real gem!"
- John L. Campbell, Dartmouth College, USA
"Political economy has been too long divided between different schools and approaches. In this path-breaking text Ben Clift shows the potential of an integrated political economy and how comparative and international political economy can complement one another. This is a book which all students of political economy will benefit from reading."
- Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge, UK
"Insightful, innovative and up-to-date, a wonderfully readable book that provides a clear, concise, and illuminating introduction to Comparative Political Economy providing a text that 'says it all' and fills a very big gap in the literature."
- Vivien A. Schmidt, Boston University, USA
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