Hybrid State, hybrid capitalism, and American anti-statism


Conférence organisée dans le cadre du séminaire "Histoire économique : État, entreprises et marchés" animé par Laure Quennouëlle-Corre et Florence Hachez-Leroy

Typically portrayed as a ‘weak’ state with minimal transformative interest or capacity, the United States has been poorly understood in recent debates on comparative capitalism. In order to understand the state-market relationship in the U.S. political economy, we must start with the cluster of federal agencies that serve national security missions, originating in Cold War geopolitics. To understand how this cluster today functions as a strategic engine of innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaborative government-industry projects and why its extensive links with the commercial sector are rarely visible, let alone examined, I introduce the concept of hybridisation and explore its institutional complementarity with a national ‘antistatist’ value-set. 


Linda Weiss is Professor Emeritus in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Honorary Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University. She has lectured widely in North America, Europe, and East Asia and has held visiting research appointments at UCLA, Cornell, the LSE, the European University Institute, University of Rome (La Sapienza), Stockholm School of Economics, Academia Sinica, Seoul National University, the Kyungnam Institute for Far Eastern Studies (Seoul), and the Academia Sinica. She currently serves on the editorial boards of several international journals.

Her specialism is the comparative and international politics of economic development, with a focus on state capacity and public-private sector relations. Several of her publications on the topics of globalisation and state power, developmental states, and trade politics have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Korean, Romanian, Turkish and Chinese. Her forthcoming book, 'Hybrid State, Hybrid Capitalism', shifts the focus of earlier work from Europe and East Asia to the United States. This project on the political economy of national security focuses on the links between security, technology, and political culture. The study has been six years in the making and is her largest to date.

Économie, Sociologie et sciences politiques Capitalisme, Développement, Economie, Economie politique, Entreprises, État et politiques publiques, Finance, Gouvernance, Industrie, Institutions, Marché, Socio-économie Amérique du Nord

Informations pratiques

  • Vendredi 13 mai 2016 - 11:00 - 13:00
  • EHESS (salle 638) - 190-198, avenue de France 75013 Paris.
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