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15 - The Political Economy of the Capitalist State

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As a field of scholarship, political economy sometimes appears to hang together loosely in the contemporary social sciences, if at all. Those who self-identify as political economists or are identified that way by others may work in different disciplines like anthropology, political science, sociology, history, or geography and on topics that range from global capital flows to street-level accounts of urban poverty. But, at some level, political economists are united by an understanding of the economy, state, and civil society as interdependent systems or regimes. They depart from the assumption that one must analyze politics and the economy relationally.

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