State Transformations: A CPE-Perspective

  • Jannick Schou
  • Morten Hjelholt


This chapter continues the dialogue opened with cultural political economy in the previous chapter by engaging with some of its key empirical contributions. In particular, the chapter turns to historical analyses of state transformations and capitalism, outlining some of the major restructurings within the political economy of the capitalist state since the Second World War. Doing so, the chapter argues, not only provides an important historical backdrop to the second part of this book, but also allows for the study of digitalization to be reconnected to the wider literature on state theory and political economy. The chapter closes off by zooming in on competiveness and competition discourses as central to the post-Fordist accumulation regimes that have emerged at the end of the twentieth century. It argues that the idea of competition states, as proposed within critical state theory, may provide a solid conceptualization of recent transformations within the capitalist state.


State theory Fordism Keynesianism Competitiveness Competition states 


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  • Jannick Schou
    • 1
  • Morten Hjelholt
    • 1
  1. 1.IT University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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