The Political Economy of a Plural World
Critical reflections on Power, Morals and Civilisation
Published September 12th 2002 by Routledge – 256 pages
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
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
Robert W Cox has published widely on international political economy, and his books include Approaches to World Order.