The International Political Economy of Risk: Rationalism, Calculation, and Power

Robert Deuchars

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Area: Political Theory




Part One: Pre-Modernist Precursors and Modernist Practices
Chapter 1: Narratives of Risk: Fortuna and Virtý
Chapter 2: The Emergence of Statistical Knowledge
Chapter 3: Governance and Risk

Part Two: Modernity as a Problem
Chapter 4: Some Theoretical Observations

Part Three: Modernist Attempts at Problem-Solving
Chapter 5: Reading the IMF
Chapter 6: Accounting and the Use of Normalising, Disciplinary
Chapter 7: Committing States to a Multilateral Agreement on Investment

Part Four: Metamodernist Attempts at Contextualising Risk
Chapter 8: Contextualising Risk?

Conclusion: An International Political Economy of Risk

The discipline of international political economy faces a number of critical challenges at present, as it seeks to incorporate a number of relatively new issues, one of these being "risk". This captivating and enlightening study redresses the neglect of "risk" in this field by focusing on objectivist rationalism. Highlighting some of the calculative practices rationalism makes possible, it demonstrates the deeply political nature of supposedly value-neutral technical pursuits such as accounting, auditing, the practice of statistics, sampling, and credit rating. All these practices are implicated in modernist forms of power and governance. 

The volume draws on work from various disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, political economy, and philosophy, to explain the apparent unravelling of the rationalist quest for more reliable forms of knowledge. It is highly suitable for courses on international relations/international political economy.