Part 1 World War II, the US state and business elites: warmaking and the accommodation of leading firms - defence procurement and corporate growth, 1939-1959, Gregory Hooks and William Luchansky; planning United States hegemony - expansion and intra-state conflict over postwar world organization in World War II, Gregory McLaughlin. Part 2 Recent US politics - applying state theory: the political origins of "supply-side" economic policy - the Humphrey-Hawkins Bill and the Revenue Act of 1978, Patrick Akard; state theory and corporate welfare - the crisis and bailout of the savings and loan industry from a contingency perspective, Dan Skidmore and Davita Silfen Glasberg. Part 3 Class politics, the state and prosperity: the contrasting consequences of institutions and politics - labour and industrial relations in the United States and Germany, Stephen Amberg; unravelling Hong Kong's exceptionalism - the politics of laissez-faire in the industrial takeoff, Stephen W.K. Chiu. Part 4 Scholarly controversy - embedded autonomy: embedded autonomy - global markets, governance structures and policy options in embedded autonomy, Herman M. Schwartz; the paradox of the developmental state and the study of institutions, Francisco Valdes-Ugalde; the ties that bind? autonomy, embeddedness and industrial development, Meredith Woo-Cumings; challenging world inequalities - beyond uneven development?, Roberto Patricio Korseniewicz; reconstructing agency in a global economy - reflections on embedded autonomy, Peter Evans.