Economic Patriotism, the Politics of Market-Making, and the Role of the State in Twenty-First-Century Capitalism

  • Ben CliftEmail author
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter demonstrates the worth of economic patriotism (EP), and its particular way of understanding the politics of market-making and the role of the state, for understanding the limits of control. EP reflects profound if not self-evident contradictions between international market integration and spatially limited political mandates. This is the root of a profound disjuncture between what kinds of promises these politicians articulate to their citizens about ‘control’ over economy and the much more complex realities of achieving economic governance under twenty-first-century complex economic interdependence. Contemporary politicians have a very naïve (mis-)conception of state/market interactions. They presume, or pretend, to their electorates that they can pull all the necessary levers of economic policy to exert control over the national economic future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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