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Hybrid Rule and State Formation

Public-Private Power in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

Edited by Shelley Hurt, Ronnie Lipschutz


238 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Neoliberalism has been the reigning ideology of our era. For the past four decades, almost every real-world event of any consequence has been traced to the supposedly omnipresent influence of neoliberalism. Instead, this book argues that states across the world have actually grown in scope and reach.

The authors in this volume contest the view that the past three decades have been marked by the diminution of the state in the face of neoliberalism. They argue instead that we are witnessing a new phase of state formation, which revolves around hybrid rule—that is, a more expansive form of state formation that works through privatization and seeks pacification and depoliticization as instrumental to enhancing state power. Contributors argue that that the process of hybridization, and hybrid rule point towards a convergence on a more authoritarian capitalist regime type, possibly, but not necessarily, more closely aligned with the Beijing model—one toward which even the United States, with its penchant for surveillance and discipline, appears to be moving.

This volume will shed new light on evolving public-private relations, and the changing nature of power and political authority in the 21st century and will be of interest to students and scholars of IPE, international relations and political theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shelley L. Hurt & Ronnie D. Lipschutz Section I: Analytics 1. Bringing Politics Back In. Shelley L. Hurt & Ronnie D. Lipschutz 2. Roving Elites and Sedentary Subjects: The Hybridized Origins of the State. Iver Neumann & Ole Jacob Sending 3. Neoliberal Bureaucracy as an Expression of Hybrid Rule.Béatrice Hibou 4. Hybridized Condensations: A Historical-Materialist Approach to two Modes of State Transformation. Ulrich Brand Section II: Empirics 5. What’s at Stake in the Privatization Debate? Enclosing the Public Domain through Hybrid Rule. Shelley L. Hurt 6. Sovereign Wealth Funds and Sovereign Wiles: Varieties of Hybridization. Herman M. Schwartz 7. Security Seen and Unseen. Anna Leander 8. World War Infinity: Security through Economy, Economy through Security.Ronnie D. Lipschutz 9. Recombinant Relations: A Molecular View of Hybridization. Rebecca Hester Section III: Reflections 10. Hybrid Rule and State Formation: Some Preliminary Thoughts, Arguments and Research Items. Shelley L. Hurt & Ronnie D. Lipschutz.

About the Editors

Shelley L Hurt is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.

Ronnie Lipschutz is Professor of Politics and Provost of College Eight at the University of California, Santa Cruz, California.

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.

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