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Global Standards of Market Civilization

1st Edition

Edited by Brett Bowden, Leonard Seabrooke


272 pages

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Global Standards of Market Civilization brings together leading scholars, representing a range of political views, to investigate how global 'standards of market civilization' have emerged, their justification, and their political, economic and social impact.

Key chapters show how as the modern state system has evolved such standards have also developed, incorporating the capacity for social cooperation and self-government to which states must conform in order to fully participate as legitimate members in international society. This study analyzes their justification, and their political, economic and social impact. Civilization is a term widely used within modern political discourse its meaning, yet it is poorly understood and misused.

  • part I explores the idea of a ‘standard of civilization’, its implications for governance, and the use of such standards in political theory and economic thought, as well as its historical application
  • part II presents original case studies that demonstrate the emergence of such standards and explore the diffusion of liberal capitalist ideas through the global political economy and the consequences for development and governance; the International Monetary Fund’s capacity to formulate a global standard of civilization in its reform programs; and problems in the development of the global trade, including the issue of intellectual property rights.

This book will be of strong interest to students and scholars in wide range of fields relating to the study of globalization including: international political economy; international political theory; international relations theory; comparative political economy; international law; historical sociology; and economic history.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Civilizing Markets through Global Standards Brett Bowden and Leonard Seabrooke Part 1: Conceptual History 2. Civilization, Standards, and Markets Brett Bowden 3. Civilizing Peoples through State Citizenship and Democracy Barry Hindess 4. Civilizing Market Standards and the Moral Self Matthew Watson 5. Civilizing the Global Economy: Racism and the Continuity of Anglo-Saxon Imperialism John M. Hobson 6. Civilizing the Bad: Ethical Problems with Neoliberal Approaches to Corruption Mlada Bukovansky Part 2: Contemporary Cases 7. Civilizing Techniques: Transparency International and the Spread of Anti-Corruption Peter Larmour 8. Civilizing International Monetary Systems Michael J. Oliver 9. Civilizing Labor Markets: The World Bank in Central Asia André Broome 10. Civilizing through Transparency: The International Monetary Fund Jacqueline Best 11. Civilizing Global Capital Markets: Room to Groove? Leonard Seabrooke 12. Civilizing Tax Havens: The OECD and the Harmful Tax Practices Initiative Gemma Kyle 13. Civilizing Drugs: Intellectual Property Rights in Global Pharmaceutical Markets Jillian Clare Cohen 14. Civilizing Global Trade: Alterglobalizers and the ‘Double Movement’ Geoffrey A. Pigman Conclusion 15. Civilizing Global Market Standards: Double-Edged Discourses and their Policy Implications Leonard Seabrooke and Brett Bowden

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions