1st Edition

Capitalism in Crisis? The European Periphery and Emerging Economies

Edited By Alexandra Vasileva-Dienes Copyright 2021
    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    Worrisome recent economic downturns in Brazil, Russia and even China occurred against the backdrop of domestic issues pertaining to patrimonialism, corruption and informality. Some economies of the European periphery also suffered from similar domestic issues and plunged into recession due to economic crisis and austerity policies implemented in its wake. This book theorises and analyses the evolving nature of capitalism in emerging economies (the BRICs) and the European periphery in the face of pressures from globalisation and economic crises

    The volume seeks to make sense of these crises and their impact using the framework of comparative capitalism while testing its applicability beyond the advanced industrialised countries for which it was developed. The authors draw on late Uwe Becker’s open qualitative approach, systematically integrating the state into the analysis and paying close attention to the role of changing ideas, character of international integration, leadership and informality.

    The contributors analyse different responses to crises by the BRICs and countries of the Southern European periphery as well as respective dimensions of state-business interaction. The findings contribute to theorising varieties of capitalism beyond the OECD world and to developing a dynamic theory of capitalist change in the face of pressures from globalisation and economic crises.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Politics.

    Introduction: Conceptualising capitalism in the twenty-first century: the BRICs and the European periphery

    Alexandra Vasileva-Dienes and Vivien A. Schmidt

    1. Public-private coordination in large emerging economies: the case of Brazil, India and China

    Christian May, Andreas Nölke and Tobias ten Brink

    2. Crisis and austerity: the recent trajectory of capitalist development in Brazil

    Renato Raul Boschi and Carlos Eduardo Santos Pinho

    3. Theorizing Sino-capitalism: implications for the study of comparative capitalisms

    Christopher A. McNally

    4. Informality trap: a foundation of Russia’s statist-patrimonial capitalism

    Alexandra Vasileva-Dienes

    5. The state as a large-scale aggregator: statist neoliberalism and waste management in Portugal

    Ana Maria Evans, Pedro Verga Matos and Vítor Santos


    Alexandra Vasileva-Dienes is affiliated research fellow at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she did her PhD on Russian political economy in comparative BRICs context. She currently works on Russian and European foreign policy at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundations's "Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe" based in Vienna, Austria.