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Publication date: 18 November 2020

Emily A. Erikson

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential for conceptualizing the public sphere through the tools of network analysis.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential for conceptualizing the public sphere through the tools of network analysis.

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To do so, this paper combines comparative historical analysis of the early modern expansion of the public sphere with a review of relevant literature and logical exposition.

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The paper develops several hypotheses about the potential of the approach and areas that may require advances in methodology and additional theoretical development.

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The paper encourages the development and use of formal approaches for the analysis and conceptualization of the public sphere.

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Kybernetes, vol. 50 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 10 August 2015

Emily Erikson and Sampsa Samila

This paper uses the case of the English East India Company to consider the impact of colonialization on patterns of trade. The East India Company went through a commercial…

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This paper uses the case of the English East India Company to consider the impact of colonialization on patterns of trade. The East India Company went through a commercial and a colonial period in Asia and therefore provides a rare case in which fixed national effects are held constant while the degree of colonialism varies. We use this variation to consider the impact of colonial institutions on the degree of concentration in overseas trade. We find that the onset of colonialism is linked to increasing inequality in the distribution of traffic across ports. This finding is significant because of the relationship between overseas trade and the potential for long-term economic development: the development trajectories of the individual ports were likely to have been affected by these different rates of trade. Our findings also highlight how the negotiation between political and commercial goals in early modern trade and imperialism produced different macro-structural outcomes for global trade patterns.

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Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics
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ISBN: 978-1-78560-093-7

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Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics
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ISBN: 978-1-78560-093-7

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Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics
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Publication date: 10 August 2015

Julian Go

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Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics
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Publication date: 10 August 2015

Philip J. Stern

Ever since its introduction into the vernacular of imperial historiography over a half century ago, the concept of “informal empire” has had a profound influence on how…

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Ever since its introduction into the vernacular of imperial historiography over a half century ago, the concept of “informal empire” has had a profound influence on how historians have understood the size and nature of British expansion in the modern world. While offering a crucial corrective to definitions of empire that had focused exclusively on “formal” colonial holdings, such a division has also obscured other frameworks through which we might understand the contours of imperial power, while also underscoring traditional bifurcations between early modern and modern forms of empire. This paper suggests instead an approach that privileges schema that take into account the different institutional and constitutional forms that shaped imperial expansion, and specifically argues that the corporation was one such form, in competition with others including the monarchical and national state. Looking specifically at the early modern East India Company and its modern legacies, particularly George Goldie’s Royal Niger Company, it also suggests that institutional approaches that de-emphasize distinctions between behavioral categories, such as commerce and politics, allow the possibility of excavating deep ideological connections across the history of empire, from its seventeenth-century origins through the era of decolonization.

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Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics
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ISBN: 978-1-78560-093-7

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Publication date: 10 August 2015

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Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics
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Publication date: 10 August 2015

Julia Adams and Chris Shughrue

The great chartered companies that spearheaded early modern European empire combined economic accumulation and the projection of sovereign power. They operated through…

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The great chartered companies that spearheaded early modern European empire combined economic accumulation and the projection of sovereign power. They operated through networks of geographically dispersed imperial agents, experiencing bottlenecks in the long-distance flow of goods and enforcement and significant lags in communication with, and among, their agents. We develop an agent-based model, comparing an entrepot and networked structure of metropole and outpost relations. The model enables us to highlight the associated outcomes of a range of dyadic and triadic colonial networks exemplified by the Dutch East Indies Company and English East India Company, respectively. It captures basic network structure and the impact of temporal lags bound up with the policing of agents and delivery of goods over great distances. We conclude, first, that overall profits are higher for the triadic form, but as the colonial entrepot becomes a bottleneck, it accrues a disproportionate share of those profits. Second, we reveal the potential impact of the bottleneck on the evolving triadic form. The closer the entrepot is to the metropole, the better the outposts perform; however, the entrepot itself fares much worse, ultimately depressing profits at the system level. Time lags are shown to pose significant challenges for both competitiveness and control; they are a seedbed of colonial autonomy.

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Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics
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Publication date: 12 February 2013

Steven Seidman

So-called classical sociology took shape during perhaps the high point of a world dominated by imperial states. In the “west” the British, French, and German empires…

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So-called classical sociology took shape during perhaps the high point of a world dominated by imperial states. In the “west” the British, French, and German empires, along with a surging America, claimed political and sometimes territorial control over wide stretches of the globe. Beyond Europe and the United States, while the Ottoman and Qing empires were in there last days, new states were staking out their imperial claims such as Japan and Russia. The tension between a reality of empire and an ideal of sovereign nation-states eventually exploded in WWI. Curiously, much of this dynamic, especially the global power of empire, went theoretically unnoticed by the makers of modern sociology. This chapter explores this theme through a sketch of the failure of this theoretical reckoning in Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.

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Postcolonial Sociology
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-603-3

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Publication date: 10 May 2021

Markus Heidingsfelder

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Kybernetes, vol. 50 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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