Globalisation studies, the materialist bias and the ‘third wave’

Craig Berry

in Globalisation and Ideology in Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084881
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701850 | DOI:
Globalisation studies, the materialist bias and the ‘third wave’

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After a brief note on the wave thesis, this chapter considers the main articulations of globalisation as a material structural reality. It argues that neoclassical and Marxist political economics cover this orientation, but so too do a range of ostensibly more nuanced ‘spatial’ approaches to globalisation. It then assesses a range of political economy approaches to globalisation that seek to uphold structure/agency synthesis by ‘reclaiming the state’ analytically, arguing that, unless materialism is also eschewed, agency remains beneath structure in the analytical hierarchy. The chapter also turns attention to the ‘third wave’ of globalisation theory, that is, analysis of globalisation as a discursive phenomenon conducted or inspired by Colin Hay.

Keywords: globalisation; wave thesis; neoclassical economist; Marxist political economists; political economy; Colin Hay

Chapter.  12456 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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