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Political Power and Social Theory Vol: 13

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03 Feb 2000
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
336 pages - 156 x 234 x 19mm
Political Power and Social Theory


Volume 13 critically probes the significance of worldwide transformations in political and economic systems, asking: are new patterns of liberalization producing fundamental shifts in social, political and economic life? In what ways is agency important for understanding the historical formation and current development of new global and domestic patterns? Among themes examined in six studies are the emergence and autonomy of banking systems in both advanced capitalist and transitional states: how socialist institutions persist and relate to democracy; and the disruptions and opportunities that liberalization has provided to workers. A Scholarly Controversy features a condensed version of Giovanni Arrighi's and Beverly Silver's forthcoming book "Chaos and Governance" with responses from scholars who take different global and domestic perspectives, units of analysis, and time horizons to revisit the volume's earlier themes.
The Social Construction of Banking Systems. Meidating the boudnaries between state and society: explaining shifts in central bank independence (S.E. Stockdale). Russian bankers: agents of capital and structural change? (N. Dinello). The Political Economy of Market Reform. Networks of governance and privatization: a view from provincial Russia (A.D. Buck). The impact of privatization on labor in Venezuela: radical reorganization or moderate adjustment? (S. Ellner). Democracy, Liberalization, and Left Solidarity. Palm workers, patrons, and political violence in Colombia: a window of opportunity for the left despite trade liberalization (L. Carroll). Civic republicanism versus social struggle: a Gramscian approach to associationalism in Italy (M. Kohn). Scholarly Controversy: Chaos And Governance. Hegemonic transitions: past and present (G. Arrighi, B.J. Silver). A new emergent hegemonic structure? (S. Sassen). Cycles, spirals, and transcendence (W. Goldfrank). Differentiation and the sources of destabilization (W.H. McNeill). Hegemonic transition: a rejoinder (G. Arrighi, B.J. Silver).

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