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Transnational Classes and International Relations

1st Edition

By Kees Van der Pijl


208 pages

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An exciting and original analysis of the development of capitalist classes, such as the Freemasons, that cross national boundaries in the global political economy. This innovative book focuses on:

* an historical perspective on class formation under capitalism and its transnational integration

* international relations between the English-speaking centre of capital and successive contender states.

The author develops a broad-ranging and thorough understanding of class in the process of globalization. He does so within several theoretical frameworks shedding much light on this important topic.


'…Van der Pijl has written an interesting and scholarly book, which will undoubtedly be of interest to political scientists and to students of political science, international relations and international political economy.' - Development and Change, Vol 30 (4) October 1999

'..this is an excellent analysis of historical change and the mediating role of class formation in the structuring of capital aqccumulation at the national, international, and transnational level and is essential reading for those interested in understanding the changing nature of capitalism towards the end of the twentieth century.' Royal Institute of International Affairs, Vol 75, No.2, April 1999

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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