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Global Political Economy and the Modern State System
In this ambitious and masterful polemic ten Brink contributes to an understanding of the modern state-system, its conflicts and transformation
In Global Political Economy and the Modern State System Tobias ten Brink contributes to an understanding of the modern state system, its conflicts, and its transformation. In contrast to the political attractiveness of optimistic theoretical approaches to globalisation, this book demonstrates how an analytical approach rooted in Global Political Economy (GPE) helps to explain both the tendencies towards integration and towards rivalry in international relations. By way of a historical reconstruction of different ‘world order’ phases in the twentieth century, ten Brink analyses multiple, phase-specific variations of socioeconomic and geopolitical conflicts that are significant for the modern capitalist world system.
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  • “Ten Brink develops his approach through a systematic integration of temporality and spatiality, paying special attention to the logics of accumulation and territorial conflict, the demands of the expanded reproduction of capital and those of the self-reproduction of individual states. This is possible because of the careful distinction between economics and politics and a rigorous analysis of their operational autonomy and material interdependence within a world order dominated in different ways by the logic of capital accumulation. I strongly recommend this book to all those interested not only in the history of critical political economy but also the dynamics of the contemporary world market.”
    — Bob Jessop, University of Lancaster

    “The greatest merit of this book is how it systematically connects central concepts of the political economy of the global economic system with the attempt to progressively explicate historical and contemporary geopolitical relations of competition. At the same time, ten Brink is very conscious of the fact that political economy in its classical form cannot be maintained and that it needs to be theoretically advanced through the sophisticated introduction of concepts from law and political science.”
    — Axel Honneth, University of Frankfurt

    “This work is an important contribution to current debates on modernity and an impressive effort to combine theoretical, historical and sociological perspectives. Tobias ten Brink shows that geopolitical analysis is an indispensable corrective to work on varieties of capitalism, and an effective antidote to both liberal and Marxist versions of economic reductionism.”
    — Johann P. Arnason, La Trobe University, Melbourne/Charles University, Prague

    "In this encyclopaedic work Tobias ten Brink gives a state-of-the-art assessment of current attempts seeking to bridge the gap between the discipline of International Relations and political economy theories of capital and the state. This gap, which the classical theories of imperialism only covered incompletely, today again demands the attention of all those pondering the possibilities for reordering foreign relations towards an equitable format."
    — Kees van der Pijl, University of Sussex