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On New Travels in Space-Time:
On New Travels in Space-Time:

Theoretical Rediscoveris after the Crisis in (Comparative) Capitalism(s)

Author(s): Daniel Šitera
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Ústav mezinárodních vztahů
Keywords: comparative capitalism; variegated capitalism; political economy; varieties of capitalism; austerity

Summary/Abstract: This review essay on the books New Directions in Comparative Capitalisms Research andThe Future of Capitalism After the Financial Crisis uses the prism of ‘travelling theory’ to appraisewhether both edited volumesmeet their proclaimed aimto challenge the alleged reductionismsinherent in the Comparative Capitalisms (CC) research and reinvigorate theCC agenda’s radical potential to analyse contemporary capitalismin critical and global perspectives.The verdict is affirmative as both volumes (i) introduce new as well as forgottenapproaches to combined inter-spatial and inter-temporal comparisons into the CC literature,which then (ii) allows for the rediscovery of amultitude of roads to (knowledge about)really existing capitalisms. However, the essay urges some of the authors to avoid tracingcapitalism only at its worst, which leads to an exaggerated intellectual pessimism and fatalism.Finally, putting both volumes into the context of post-socialist Central and EasternEuropean (CEE) capitalism, the review documents the continuing relevance of empiricaldiscoveries in CEE for developing an expanded critical-global CC scholarship.

  • Issue Year: 23/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 77-91
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English