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

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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.
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"...useful insights and important correctives to conventional (Marxist and liberal) arguments..." George Modelski, American Jrnl of Sociology
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Table of Contents

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1 A sociology of international relations and an international relations of sociology 1
Pt. I Case studies in structural economic change: states and trade regime changes, 1870-1913 23
2 Protectionism in imperial Germany: moderate state capacity and indirect taxation 25
3 Protectionism and industrialisation in tsarist Russia: weak state capacity and indirect taxation 71
4 Free trade versus protectionism in liberal Britain: strong state capacity and the conflict over taxation 115
5 Tariff protectionism and indirect taxation in federal states: the United States, Canada, Australia and Switzerland 148
Pt. II Theorising international and national structural economic and political change 173
6 A sociological theory of international economic change: the transition to tariff protectionism, 1870-1913 175
7 State capacity in the international/national vortex: a non-realist theory of state power and international politics 221
App. A Additional German data 283
App. B Calculating tax/government burdens: national income and government expenditure data 284
Notes 291
Bibliography 299
Index 324
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