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The Wealth of States : A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change - John M. Hobson

The Wealth of States

A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change

Hardcover Published: 13th March 1997
ISBN: 9780521581493
Number Of Pages: 364

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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 international politics and economics, which is not dependent upon dominant economic classes. 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

A sociology of international relations and an international relations of sociology
Case Studies in Structural Economic Change: States and Trade Regime Changes, 1870-1913
Protectionism in Imperial Germany: moderate state capacity and indirect taxation
Protectionism and industrialism in Tsarist Russia: weak state capacity and indirect taxation
Free trade versus protectionism in liberal Britain: strong state capacity and the conflict over taxation
Protectionism and indirect taxation in federal states: USA, Canada, Australia and Switzerland
Theorizing International and National Structural Economic and Political Change
A sociological theory of international economic change: the transition to tariff protectionism, 1870-1913
State capacity in the international/national vortex: a non-realist theory of state power and international politics
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ISBN: 9780521581493
ISBN-10: 0521581494
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 13th March 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.7