The Wealth of States: A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change

The Wealth of States: A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change

by John M. Hobson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521581494

ISBN-13: 9780521581493

Pub. Date: 03/06/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In recent years a number of scholars of international relations have developed an interest in neo-Weberian historical sociology, but The Wealth of States is the first sustained analysis of the overlap between historical sociology and international relations. John Hobson develops a new theory of international change using a sociological approach, through a detailed…  See more details below

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In recent years a number of scholars of international relations have developed an interest in neo-Weberian historical sociology, but The Wealth of States is the first sustained analysis of the overlap between historical sociology and international relations. John Hobson develops a new theory of international change using a sociological approach, through a detailed examination of nineteenth-century trade regimes, and the efforts of the Great Powers to increase their military capabilities before the First World War through tariff protectionism. His analysis reveals the importance of the state as an autonomous, 'adaptive' actor in domestic and international politics and economics, which is not dependent upon dominant classes, economic interest groups, the world economy or the geopolitical system of states. The book thus represents a distinctive approach which goes beyond the existing paradigms of Marxism, liberalism and realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521581493
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/06/1997
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #52
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
1A sociology of international relations and an international relations of sociology1
Pt. ICase studies in structural economic change: states and trade regime changes, 1870-191323
2Protectionism in imperial Germany: moderate state capacity and indirect taxation25
3Protectionism and industrialisation in tsarist Russia: weak state capacity and indirect taxation71
4Free trade versus protectionism in liberal Britain: strong state capacity and the conflict over taxation115
5Tariff protectionism and indirect taxation in federal states: the United States, Canada, Australia and Switzerland148
Pt. IITheorising international and national structural economic and political change173
6A sociological theory of international economic change: the transition to tariff protectionism, 1870-1913175
7State capacity in the international/national vortex: a non-realist theory of state power and international politics221
App. AAdditional German data283
App. BCalculating tax/government burdens: national income and government expenditure data284
Notes291
Bibliography299
Index324

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