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The Retreat of the State?

The Retreat of the State? ROBERT W. COX Review The retreat of Ari& the state? The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy by Susan Strange (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, xvi, 218pp, US$ . cloth, US$16. paper). 4 9 9 5 9 5 In April 1970, Susan Strange published an article in the Chatham House review which challenged the mutual exclusivity of interna- tional economics and international politics.' The consequence was a rebirth of the concept of political economy in international studies. She has continued consistently her liberation struggle from academic self-enclosure, disciplinary defensiveness, and turf wars. She insisted that the new international political economy be a broad church open to historians, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, and the whole range of humanistic studies, as well as economists and political scientists. In this, she echoed Fernand Braudel's appeal in 1958 for the integration of the human sciences in his famous essay on the longue durie. Her work never stood still. She moves forward in responding to her critics and, above all, by her acute perceptions of change in reality. She is not alone in perceiving that the field of interna- tional relations study (IR) is beset by an identity crisis.2 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy Analysis SAGE

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1997 Canadian International Council/Centre for Contemporary International History
ISSN
0020-7020
eISSN
2052-465X
DOI
10.1177/002070209705200209
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ROBERT W. COX Review The retreat of Ari& the state? The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy by Susan Strange (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, xvi, 218pp, US$ . cloth, US$16. paper). 4 9 9 5 9 5 In April 1970, Susan Strange published an article in the Chatham House review which challenged the mutual exclusivity of interna- tional economics and international politics.' The consequence was a rebirth of the concept of political economy in international studies. She has continued consistently her liberation struggle from academic self-enclosure, disciplinary defensiveness, and turf wars. She insisted that the new international political economy be a broad church open to historians, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, and the whole range of humanistic studies, as well as economists and political scientists. In this, she echoed Fernand Braudel's appeal in 1958 for the integration of the human sciences in his famous essay on the longue durie. Her work never stood still. She moves forward in responding to her critics and, above all, by her acute perceptions of change in reality. She is not alone in perceiving that the field of interna- tional relations study (IR) is beset by an identity crisis.2

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International Journal: Canada's Journal of Global Policy AnalysisSAGE

Published: Jun 1, 1997

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