This major new text introduces the analytical tools required to understand and interpret 21st century advanced capitalism and its evolution in the wake of the global financial crisis. Placing Comparative Political Economy in the context of key concepts and theoretical debates in the long-established field of Political Economy, it maps the terrain, substantive focus and evolution of the comparative approach. Furthermore, it connects Comparative Political Economy systematically to the subfield of International Political Economy (IPE), making the case for cross-fertilisation between these closely related fields. Re-invigorating the debate in the wake of the global financial crisis and the dramatic political interventions that followed, this text offers an entirely fresh and holistic review of comparative political economy.Ben Clift, a leading figure in the field, rethinks the supposed boundaries between comparative and international political economy, highlighting the how disciplines complement each other in an era where economic activity is increasingly coerced by political and social influence.
Upper-level undergraduates and postgraduates studying Comparative Political Economy or a subject related to Political Economy will find this book essential. As the topics and disciplinary themes covered by this text are broad, students of more general Politics or International Relations courses will also be well served by this text.
|Publisher:||Macmillan Education UK|
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: 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.- Conclusion.
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"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 perspectivesit'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