Putting Culture in its Place in Political Economy
This volume is a companion to our co-authored Beyond the Regulation Approach: Putting Capitalist Economies in their Place (2006) and an earlier book by Bob Jessop, State Theory: Putting the Capitalist State in its Place (1990). It adopts the same critical-realist, strategic-relational approach as these two works but elaborates our response to various institutional and cultural turns in political economy. This response was implicit in State Theory and more fully developed in Beyond the Regulation Approach. Through a critical interrogation and recontextualization of different regulation schools, our previous joint text placed the profit-oriented, market-mediated logic of the capitalist economy and some of its instantiations in their wider political and socio-cultural context. This work focuses on the semiotic dimensions of political economy considered both as a field of inquiry and as an ensemble of social relations. Introducing semiosis is not intended to replace, but to deepen, critical political economy.