Critical International Political Economy: Dialogue, Debate by Stuart Shields, Ian Bruff, Huw Macartney

Critical International Political Economy: Dialogue, Debate by Stuart Shields, Ian Bruff, Huw Macartney

By Stuart Shields, Ian Bruff, Huw Macartney

"This ebook supplies provocative responses to contemporary debates in overseas Political economic system. It presents a far wanted and well timed intervention to the present anodyne discussions in regards to the evolution of the self-discipline and activates wider mirrored image at the nature of enquiry itself"-- pt. 1. discussion -- pt. 2. Debate -- pt. three. Dissensus

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A predetermined space already exists; social forces struggle over access to it. For the Amsterdam project, these social relations were therefore always at least partially transnational in nature; it is simply that they have become more extensive and deeply embedded in the contemporary world order. As Overbeek and van der Pijl note, one of the crucial dimensions of change in the historical process of capitalist development is capital’s paradigmatic scale of operation, referring to the spatial dimensions of the process, in particular the widening scale of operation of productive capital, from local in the early capitalist period to national in the nineteenth century, to Atlantic in the mid-twentieth 36 Dialogue century, and to global in the early twenty-first century (Overbeek and van der Pijl, 1993; Arrighi, 2005a, 2005b).

Ironically, Brailsford’s deepest criticism of capitalism’s influence on foreign policy during the late 1930s was not that it encouraged belligerence, but rather that it failed to be belligerent when it needed to be. At first glance this appears to be a contradiction, but there was in fact a strong link to his capitalism and war thesis, as well as to the wider argument found in The War of Steel and Gold. From 1935 onwards Brailsford was critical of the lacklustre response of Britain and its allies to fascist aggression.

284–5). Similarly, in his discussions with Mitrany in the winter of 1942–3 he suggests that national planning could be a preamble to international planning – a point of major disagreement between Brailsford and Mitrany. Thus, Brailsford leaves unresolved what remains a central question within socialist political thought: is it enough to achieve socialism in individual states, or does a socialist alternative order require a global alternative to the (capitalist) sovereign state system? Behind this lies the question of whether the state is necessary for the survival of capitalism, or whether capitalism is a necessary condition of the sovereign state.

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