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1This issue bears witness to the internationalisation of the Revue de la régulation, as seen, firstly, by the contributors, with articles from researchers belonging both to the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Europe (Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Slovenia, etc.), but also from other continents. The thematic content and the research areas are also geographically diverse and include Central and South-East Asia, Southern and West Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, etc.). The contributions from Christian May and Andreas Nölke both concern Brazil and Ilan Bizberg's article concerns Mexico and countries in Latin America. Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux's opinion and debate article is devoted to the recent changes undergone by the relations between Malaisia and China and Julien Vercueil's contribution analyses the competition between China and Russia in Central America. Africa is the main focus of Juliette Alenda et Pierre Robert's contribution to the main feature, which analyses Burkina Faso's dependence on France, and also of Daouda Drabo's article in the varia section on the hyperinflation in Zimbabwe. Central and Eastern Europe are the subject of a number of articles, notably by Ana Podvršič and Lukas Schmidt on Slovenia, and by Violaine Delteil, Martin Myant, in addition to the conversation with Jan Drahokoupil, on other regions and countries in Central Europe. The internationalisation also extends to concepts and analytical tools, as, for example, in the reading notes by Quentin Ravelli on Les classes sociales en Europe, a book which presents statistical data from throughout European and approaches social class in transnational terms. It also has pride of place in the work of François Fouquet, whose latest book, published posthumously, is the subject of a critical commentary by Dominique Plihon. This book stands at the crossroads between interdisciplinarity (notably with history) and internationalisation (with the important debate surrounding the idea upheld by Fourquet to the effect that capitalism is dominated by international determinants.Finally, the international of the Review is apparent from the frequent – but not systematic – use of English, which has established itself, de facto, as a lingua franca in seven of the articles in this issue. Despite this trend, the burning questions of political economics that are currently being faced by society in France are not forgotten, with a highly relevant opinion and debate article by Pierre Merle on the abolition of wealth tax (which the Yellow Jacket movement is currently seeking to have re-instated).

  • 1 capitalisme, institutions, pouvoirs.

2The special feature of this issue endeavours to apprehend the various types of capitalism by the types of dependency that they create, and from which it is difficult to become disentangled. This reflects the focus indicated by the sub-title of the Review: capitalism, institutions and power.1 By definition, dependency exists where power relations are asymmetrical; its forms vary according to the nature of the incumbent institutions. The introduction by d’Éric Magnin, Violaine Delteil and Julien Vercueil clarifies the terminology of dependency, which may be commercial, financial, strategic, technological or political. It also considers how the notion came into being, its usefulness as an explanatory tool and the contribution it makes to a new analysis of the diversity of different types of capitalism, which is one of the central thematic areas for the Theory of Regulation Review: other features have been devoted to the comparative analysis of various types of capitalism, notably in Asia, Latin America and China.

3This issue also illustrates the interdisciplinary vocation of the Review. Mention is made of sociologists' work both on questions that span the whole gamut of social sciences and also on central economic questions like that of markets. A case in point is the critical commentary by Julien Vercueil of a publication by the sociologist, Michel Callon, a major figure in the sociology of economics. Damien Piron's thesis in politics and social science makes use of the recently established discipline of the political sociology of public finance to analyse the new neo-liberal tendency underlying the positioning of the federal state of Belgium with regard to European budgetary governance.

  • 2 Social Solidarity Economics and the State.

4Similarly, the presentation of Edoardo Ferlazzo's thesis, which studies the credit relations of local authorities and the forms they have taken over the course of time, belongs as much to sociology as it does to economics. A further example of a cross-disciplinary viewpoint is a commentary by the institutionalist economist Florence Gallois on the publication Économie sociale et solidaire et État2 by the sociologist Jean-Claude Barbier.

  • 3 « à tous les champs, sans s’en réclamer d’aucun en particulier ».

5Regarding the proposal by Isabelle Ferraras to employ a bicameral system for capitalist corporate governance, Antoine Rebérioux identifies the same interest in exchanges between dsciplines, noting that she supports her thesis with arguments taken “from all fields, without claiming to belong to any one particular discipline herself”.3 In fact this intermingling could be said to indicate an identification with social science in the singular (as opposed to social sciences in the plural), a discipline that is commented on in many of the contributions to the book coordinated by Alain Caillé which is reviewed by Philippe Steiner.

6Last but not least, the dense and fascinating conversation with Mary O’Sullivan under the title “History, Economics and Society. Dividends of Development, Dividends of Interdisciplinarity” is both trans-disciplinary and international. It is a clear illustration of the value of in-depth analysis grounded in the social sciences and investigation techniques, all the more so when it is carried out by a woman in areas traditionally dominated by men, namely finance and industrial organisation. It opens up the new thematic area of gender in economics to which the Review will return in the next issue.

7Finally, we feel it is of interest to bring to the attention of our readers an important change in the governance of our Review. After twelve years as Editor in Chief, Thomas Lamarche, who was one of the founders of the Review and who oversaw the production of no fewer than twenty-four issues, is standing down in order to concentrate on other projects. He will be succeeded by Jean-Pierre Chanteau, who will continue to attach the same importance to maintaining methodological standards, ensuring that the Revue remains open to different currents of institutionalist economics and to evaluating the texts submitted in a constructive manner. With this in view, the editor in chief's work will be organised, henceforth, on an even more collegiate model, which will take the form, for the forthcoming issues, of a collective mandate, falling successively to Pierre Alary, Jonathan Marie and Matthieu Montalban. With this renewal, the Revue de la régulation is undergoing a transformation, but continuity remains a keyword as it moves towards the future!

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1 capitalisme, institutions, pouvoirs.

2 Social Solidarity Economics and the State.

3 « à tous les champs, sans s’en réclamer d’aucun en particulier ».

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« Editorial », Revue de la régulation [En ligne], 24 | 2nd semestre / Autumn 2018, mis en ligne le 04 février 2019, consulté le 20 mai 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/regulation/14374

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