Political Economy in the Modern State

By Harold A. Innis
Edited by Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor

© 2018

Political Economy in the Modern State is Harold Innis’s transitional and, in some respects, his most transformative book. Completed in 1946, it is a collection of fifteen chapters plus a remarkable Preface selected and crafted to address four main themes: the problem of power and peace in the post-War era; the ascent of specialized and mechanized forms of knowledge involving, most particularly, the media, the state, and the academy; the crisis facing civilization and, more generally, the modern penchant for unreflexive short-term thinking in the face of mounting contradictions; and Innis’s growing focus on what would be called media bias.

In this new edition, editors Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor provide not only a general introduction to Innis’s largely forgotten book but also dedicated introductions to each of its fifteen chapters and a comprehensive index. Together, Babe and Comor demonstrate how Innis’s volume reflects a shift in Innis’s focus, away from analytical relativism towards, instead, a reflexive search for objective truths.
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Political Economy in the Modern State is Harold Innis’s transitional and, in some respects, his most transformative book. Its main themes include the problem of power and peace, the ascent of specialization and mechanized forms of knowledge, and the crisis facing democracy and civilization.

Political Economy in the Modern State

By Harold A. Innis
Edited by Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor

© 2018

Political Economy in the Modern State is Harold Innis’s transitional and, in some respects, his most transformative book. Completed in 1946, it is a collection of fifteen chapters plus a remarkable Preface selected and crafted to address four main themes: the problem of power and peace in the post-War era; the ascent of specialized and mechanized forms of knowledge involving, most particularly, the media, the state, and the academy; the crisis facing civilization and, more generally, the modern penchant for unreflexive short-term thinking in the face of mounting contradictions; and Innis’s growing focus on what would be called media bias.

In this new edition, editors Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor provide not only a general introduction to Innis’s largely forgotten book but also dedicated introductions to each of its fifteen chapters and a comprehensive index. Together, Babe and Comor demonstrate how Innis’s volume reflects a shift in Innis’s focus, away from analytical relativism towards, instead, a reflexive search for objective truths.
Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.9in x 1.2in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Because of Innis’s writing style, his work can sometimes lead people to think that he is less politically engaged than he actually is. By bringing Political Economy in the Modern State back into active circulation among scholars and students, Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor correct this misunderstanding and contribute to a more robust understanding of the corpus of one of the most important scholars in twentieth-century North America."


    Michael Stamm, Associate Professor, Department of History, Michigan State University

    "We have needed this book back in print for many years. Not only does the original material still have validity, but the work of Babe and Comor enhances this work and its contribution to scholarship on Innis. This will be a very valuable addition to the literature."


    Michael Cheney, Professor of Communication and Associate Professor of Economics, University of Illinois, Springfield
  • Author Information

    Harold A. Innis (1894-1952) was a Canadian professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history.


    Robert E. Babe is a professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.


    Edward Comor is a professor and faculty scholar in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Table of contents

    Editors’ Introduction

    PREFACE

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 1

    1. THE NEWSPAPER IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 2

    2. AN ECONOMIC APPROACH TO ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 3

    3. THE PROBLEMS OF REHABILITATION

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 4

    4. A PLEA FOR THE UNIVERSITY TRADITION

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 5

    5. THE UNIVERSITY IN THE MODERN CRISIS

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 6

    6. ON THE ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF CULTURAL FACTORS

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 7

    7. POLITICAL ECONOMY IN THE MODERN STATE

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 8

    8. THE PENETRATIVE POWERS OF THE PRICE SYSTEM

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 9

    9. LIQUIDITY PREFERENCE AS A FACTOR IN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 10

    10. UNUSED CAPACITY AS A FACTOR IN CANADIAN ECONOMIC HISTORY

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 11

    11. THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF UNUSED CAPACITY

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 12

    12. IMPERFECT REGIONAL COMPETITION AND POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS ON THE NORTH ATLANTIC SEABOARD

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 13

    13. DECENTRALIZATION AND DEMOCRACY

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 14

    14. TRANSPORTATION AND THE TARIFF

    Editors’ Introduction to Chapter 15

    15. REFLECTIONS ON RUSSIA

    Index

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