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New Directions in Comparative Capitalisms Research

Critical and Global Perspectives

  • Matthias Ebenau
  • Ian Bruff
  • Christian May

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

  3. Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy

  4. Critical Perspectives and Debates

  5. Global Perspectives and Debates

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-236

About this book


Now that the 'Varieties of Capitalism' hype has passed, students of capitalist diversity are searching for new directions. This book presents the first sustained dialogue between institutionalist 'post-VoC' and more critical, global approaches, thus contributing to the development of a new generation of Comparative Capitalisms scholarship.


Varieties of Capitalism capitalist diversity Comparative Political Economy International Political Economy Critical Political Economy institutionalism Marxism globalization global economic crisis political geography economic geography transition economies critical development studies feminist political economy postcolonial theory development political economy transition

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias Ebenau
    • 1
  • Ian Bruff
    • 2
  • Christian May
    • 3
  1. 1.IG MetallGermany
  2. 2.University of ManchesterUK
  3. 3.Goethe University Frankfurt am MainGermany

About the editors

Renato Boschi, Rio de Janeiro State University (IESP-UERJ), Brazil David Coates, Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA Jan Drahokoupil, University of Mannheim, Germany, and a Senior Researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels, Belgium Flavio Gaitán, Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA), Brazil Bob Jessop, Lancaster University, UK Julia Lux, University of Tübingen, Germany Terrence McDonough, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland Martin Myant, European Trade Union Institute in Brussels, Belgium Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany Nadia Pessina, Catholic University of Córdoba, Argentina Lucía Suau Arinci, University of Kassel, Germany Lisa Tilley, University of Warwick, UK, and Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium Ingrid Wehr, Heinrich Boell Foundation Cono Sur, Chile Stefanie Wöhl, University of Vienna, Austria

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'Charting new directions, developing new perspectives, and bringing new energy to the field of comparative capitalisms research, this innovative collection presents a radical challenge to intellectual path dependency. In the best traditions of critical and heterodox scholarship, it opens up and illuminates the horizon not only with new analytical formulations but with new political-economic imaginaries as well.' Jamie Peck, University of British Columbia, Canada

'With its invaluable and up-to-date effort to change the way we do research on capitalism, this edited collection is a breath of fresh air and a much needed contribution to a long-standing debate a highly stimulating and timely book which opens up a research agenda that is both pertinent and necessary.' Ramiro Fernández, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina

'New Directions in Comparative Capitalisms Research sets a refreshing, bold agenda for critical research into capitalist diversity. By turns confrontational, reflective, and forward-thinking, it should be read by everyone now grappling with understanding the evolving nature of capitalism in the contemporary world.' Juliet Johnson, McGill University, Canada

'New Directions in Comparative Capitalisms Research deserves praise by bringing the dynamic reality of a conflictual, national borders transcending capitalism back into the research on the Varieties of Capitalism. This splendid co-edited volume with its critical and global perspective is destined to become a point of reference in the search for new directions in comparative capitalisms research.' - Christoph Scherrer, Universität Kassel, Germany