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The Wealth of States

An analysis of the overlap between historical sociology and international relations. Through an examination of nineteenth-century trade regimes, the author reveals the importance of the state as an autonomous actor in international politics and economics, which is not dependent upon dominant economic classes.
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In recent years a number of scholars of international relations have developed an interest in neo-Weberian historical sociology, but The Wealth of States is the first sustained analysis of the overlap between historical sociology and international relations. John Hobson develops a new theory of international change using a sociological approach, through a detailed examination of nineteenth-century trade regimes, and the efforts of the Great Powers to increase their military capabilities before the First World War through tariff protectionism. His analysis reveals the importance of the state as an autonomous, 'adaptive' actor in international politics and economics, which is not dependent upon dominant economic classes. The book thus represents a distinctive approach which goes beyond the existing paradigms of marxism, liberalism, and realism.
John M. Hobson is a Senior Lecturer in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The State and International Relations (2000), The Wealth of States: A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change (1997), and co-author (with Linda Weiss) of States and Economic Development: A Comparative Historical Analysis (1995).
1. A sociology of international relations and an international relations of sociology; Part I. Case Studies in Structural Economic Change: States and Trade Regime Changes, 1870-1913; 2. Protectionism in Imperial Germany: moderate state capacity and indirect taxation; 3. Protectionism and industrialism in Tsarist Russia: weak state capacity and indirect taxation; 4. Free trade versus protectionism in liberal Britain: strong state capacity and the conflict over taxation; 5. Protectionism and indirect taxation in federal states: USA, Canada, Australia and Switzerland; Part II. Theorizing International and National Structural Economic and Political Change: 6. A sociological theory of international economic change: the transition to tariff protectionism, 1870-1913; 7. State capacity in the international/national vortex: a non-realist theory of state power and international politics.
"...useful insights and important correctives to conventional (Marxist and liberal) arguments..." George Modelski, American Jrnl of Sociology
Author
John M. Hobson
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Series
Cambridge Studies in International Relations
Year
1997
ISBN-10
0521581494
ISBN-13
9780521581493
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
1997-03-06
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Subtitle
A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change
Place of Publication
Cambridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
327.1
Illustrations
18 b/w illus. 45 tables
Pages
364
Media
Book
Short Title
WEALTH OF STATES
Language
English
Series Number
52
Affiliation
University of Sydney
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