Type
Article
Titre
Does capitalism (still) come in varieties?
Dans
Review of International Political Economy
Éditeur
GB : Routledge
Numéro
Online
Pages
undefined - Online p.
ISSN
09692290
DOI
10.1080/09692290.2019.1633382
Mots clés
Capitalism, varieties of, crisis, political economy, institutionalism, globalization
Résumé
EN
That capitalisms vary and that these capitalisms neatly resolve themselves into distinct and discrete ‘varieties of capitalism’ is an almost foundational claim of contemporary comparative political economy. Yet it is far from evident that it is true. In this article, I return to the varieties conjecture, assessing the degree to which the claim might be warranted. In the process, I argue for the importance of differentiating clearly between ideal types and real types and for the value of heeding Weber’s advice about the dangers of confusing one for the other. I suggest that although capitalisms do not really come in varieties it is sometimes useful to proceed on the basis that they do, particularly if we think of such varieties as potentially dystopic. I suggest that such an acknowledgement is crucial in sensitizing us to the potential biases of varietal thinking, drawing out the implications for the positing of capitalist varieties in the period after the global financial crisis.

CITATION BIBLIOGRAPHIQUE
EXPORT