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Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Approaches

  • David Coates

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Paradigms of Explanation

    1. David Coates
      Pages 1-25
  3. The Approaches Explained

  4. The Approaches Applied

  5. The Approaches Evaluated

  6. Conclusion: Choosing Between Paradigms — A Personal View

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 272-300

About this book


Though the emerging sub-discipline of comparative political economy is now rich in studies of different advanced capitalisms, it still lacks a systematic consideration of the organizing frameworks and methodologies underpinning those studies. This definitive volume outlines the two great debates currently shaping the analysis of advanced capitalism. It makes the case for a greater awareness of underlying theoretical issues in the design of empirical research, and demonstrates the value of exploring the interconnections between competing intellectual approaches.


capitalism economic growth economic policy growth political economy

Editors and affiliations

  • David Coates
    • 1
  1. 1.Wake Forest UniversityUK

About the editors

GREG ALBO Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, York University, UK BOB BRENNER Professor and Director, Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, University of California, USA STEVE BROADBERRY Professor of Economic History at the University of Warwick, UK VIVEK CHIBBER Assistant Professor Sociology, New York University, USA TRAVIS FAST Doctoral candidate in Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada SAM GINDIN Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto, Canada COLIN HAY Professor of Political Analysis, Research Director and Head of Department, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, UK MICHAEL KITSON Fellow of St. Catherine's College, Fellow at the Cambridge-MIT Institite (CMI) and at the Judge Institute, Associate Director of the CMI's National Competitiveness Network, and University Lecturer in Business Economics, UK MARTIJN KONINGS PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University, UK CATHIE JO MARTIN Professor of Political Science, Boston University, USA LEO PANITCH Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Research Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada JONAS PONTUSSON Professor of Government, Director of the Cornell Summer Program in International Business, and Advisor to the International Political Economy Program, Einaudi Center, Cornell University, USA

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'For more than two decades, the principal approaches to comparative political economy have largely talked past each other, operating within sealed theoretical paradigms. This indispensable volume is the first to bring the alternative approaches together in critical engagement. The result is both a fascinating exploration of how to analyse contemporary capitalism, and a fresh and important account of the dynamics and trajectories of capitalist development.' - Chris Howell, Professor of Politics, Oberlin College