The Political Economy of a Plural World: Critical reflections on Power, Morals and Civilisation, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Political Economy of a Plural World

Critical reflections on Power, Morals and Civilisation, 1st Edition

By Robert Cox, Michael G. Schechter


256 pages

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Building on his seminal contributions to the field, Robert W. Cox engages with the major themes that have characterized his work over the past three decades, and the main topics which affect the globalized world at the start of the twentieth-century. This new volume by one of the world's leading critical thinkers in international political economy addresses such core issues as global civil society, power and knowledge, the covert world, multilateralism, and civilizations and world order. With an introductory essay by Michael Schechter which addresses current critiques of Coxian theory, the author enters into a stimulating dialogue with critics of his work.

Timely, provocative and original, this book is a major contribution to international political economy and is essential reading for all students and academics in the field.


'Cox is an eccentric in the best English sense of the word, a loner, a fugitive from intellectual camps of victory, both Marxist and liberal.' - The late Susan Strange

Table of Contents

1. Critiques of Coxian Theory2. Reflections and Transitions 3. Vico Then and Now 4. Universality, Power and Morality 5. Power and Knowledge: Towards a new ontology of world order 6. Civil Society at the Turn of the Millennium: Prospects of an alternative world order 7. The Covert World 8. Civilizations: Encounters and transformations 9. Conceptual Guidelines for a Plural World 10. Civilizations and World Order

About the Authors

Robert W Cox has published widely on international political economy, and his books include Approaches to World Order.

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 / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy