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The Retreat of the State

The Retreat of the State
The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: November 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521564403
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  • Who is really in charge of the world economy? Not only governments, argues Susan Strange in The Retreat of the State. Big businesses, drug barons, insurers, accountants and international bureaucrats all encroach on the so-called sovereignty of the state. Professor Strange examines the implications of this rivalry and points to some new directions for research in international relations, international business and economics.

    • Widens scope of studies of politics and power, including many innovative ideas
    • Will stimulate fresh thinking and research into international relations, business and economics
    • Readable and non-technical, but authoritative and informative - author is distinguished and well-known scholar
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    "The Retreat of the State is rich in detailed argument and discussion....This book deserves a very wide readership among those interested in where the modern territorial state and the modern state system are headed as we enter the twenty-first century." Stephen J. Kobrin, American Political Science Review

    "...an impassioned critique of those who argue that the state's control of its currency, or even home-based multinational companies, remains intact....a refreshing pause from the political and academic attacks that attend globalization and a sophisticated interweaving of the political and economic threads that are globalization." Current History

    "The Retreat of the State goes a long way to breaking the bounds of traditional analyses of the international political economy." Daniel J. Whiteneck, The Review of Politics

    "...the book provides a useful discussion of some of the major dimensions of political change in the global economy....it will be useful for students who wish a good introduction to the topic." The International History Review

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    02nd Oct 2013 by Hansber03

    Very good

    11th Jan 2014 by 30111989

    The retreat of the state is a very good book,with detailed argument - Julia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521564403
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Foundations:
    1. The declining authority of the state
    2. Patterns of power
    3. The limits of politics
    4. Politics and production
    5. The state of the state
    Part II. Some Empirical Evidence:
    6. Authority beyond the state
    7. Telecoms - the control of communication
    8. Organised crime - the Mafias
    9. Insurance business - the risk managers
    10. The Big Six accountants
    11. Cartels and private protectionism
    12. International organisations - the econocrats
    Part III. Conclusions:
    13. Pinocchio's problem and other conclusions.

  • Author

    Susan Strange, University of Warwick

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