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Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Approaches
Edited by David Coates
 
 
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25 Jan 2005
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Though the emerging sub-discipline of comparative political economy is now rich in studies of different advanced capitalisms, it still lacks a systematic consideration of the organizing frameworks and methodologies underpinning those studies. This volume addresses this lack through a set of linked essays written from within mainstream economics, historical institutionalism, and radical scholarship of a Marxist kind. The essays gathered here build out from, and reflect upon, the two great debates currently shaping the analysis of advanced capitalism: the debates triggered by Hall and Soskice's Varieties of Capitalism and those triggered by Bob Brenner's article 'The Economics of Global Turbulence'. Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Approaches makes the case for a greater awareness of underlying theoretical issues in the design of empirical research, and demonstrates the value of exploring the interconnections between competing intellectual approaches. Its essays are written by major participants in the key debates in comparative political economy; and the entire collection is framed by an opening essay on the strengths and weaknesses of the various paradigms of explanation currently available in the field.


Description

Though the emerging sub-discipline of comparative political economy is now rich in studies of different advanced capitalisms, it still lacks a systematic consideration of the organizing frameworks and methodologies underpinning those studies. This volume addresses this lack through a set of linked essays written from within mainstream economics, historical institutionalism, and radical scholarship of a Marxist kind. The essays gathered here build out from, and reflect upon, the two great debates currently shaping the analysis of advanced capitalism: the debates triggered by Hall and Soskice's Varieties of Capitalism and those triggered by Bob Brenner's article 'The Economics of Global Turbulence'. Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Approaches makes the case for a greater awareness of underlying theoretical issues in the design of empirical research, and demonstrates the value of exploring the interconnections between competing intellectual approaches. Its essays are written by major participants in the key debates in comparative political economy; and the entire collection is framed by an opening essay on the strengths and weaknesses of the various paradigms of explanation currently available in the field.


Reviews

'For more than two decades, the principal approaches to comparative political economy have largely talked past each other, operating within sealed theoretical paradigms. This indispensable volume is the first to bring the alternative approaches together in critical engagement. The result is both a fascinating exploration of how to analyse contemporary capitalism, and a fresh and important account of the dynamics and trajectories of capitalist development.' - Chris Howell, Professor of Politics, Oberlin College


Contents

Introduction
Paradigms of Explanation; D.Coates
PART 1: THE APPROACHES EXPLAINED
Measuring Capitalism: Output, Growth and Economic Policy; M.Kitson
Beyond Bone Structure: Historical Institutionalism and the Style of Economic Growth; C.J.Martin
Contesting the 'New Capitalism'; G.Albo
PART 2: THE APPROACHES APPLIED
Economic Growth and the United States since 1870: A Quantitative Economic Analysis Incorporating Institutional Factors; S.Broadberry
Two Can Play at That Game…Or Can They? Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Institutionalism; C.Hay
The Politics of a Miracle: Class Interests and State Power in Korean Developmentalism; V.Chibber
Euro-Capitalism and American Empire; L.Panitch & S.Gindin
PART 3: THE APPROACHES EVALUATED
Varieties and Commonalities of Capitalism; J.Pontusson
The United States in the Post-War Global Political Economy: Another Look at the Brenner Debate; M.Konings
The Capitalist Economy 1945-2000: A Reply to Konings, and to Panitch and Gindin; R.Brenner
Disparate Models, Desperate Measures: The Convergence of Limits; T.Fast
Conclusion
List of Contributors
Bibliography


Authors

DAVID COATES is Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies, Wake Forest University.