The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy

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Adopting new and much more comprehensive concepts of both power and politics, The Retreat of the State develops a theoretical framework to show who really governs the world economy. It goes on to explore some of non-state authorities, from mafias to the Big Six accounting firms and international bureaucrats, whose power over who gets what in the world encroaches on that of national governments. The book is a signpost, pointing to some promising new directions for the future development of research and teaching in international political economy.
 

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Contents

The declining authority of states
3
Patterns of power
16
The limits of politics
31
Politics and production
44
The state of the state
66
Authority beyond the state
91
Telecoms the control of communications
100
Organised crime the mafias in collaboration with Letizia Paoli
110
Insurance business the risk managers
122
The Big Six accountants
135
Cartels and private protectionism
147
International organisations the econocrats
161
Pinocchios problem and other conclusions
183
References
200
Index
210
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