International political economy (IPE) is a highly complex discipline, drawing not only from the fields of politics and economics, but also those as varied as philosophy, history and anthropology. Now widely accepted as a key dimension to contemporary world affairs, it is no longer possible to talk about international relations without talking about production and distribution, finance and investment, as well as consumption and trade. To ensure that our understanding of these topics is relevant to today's world, there is a constant need to revisit and challenge what is known about these topics. Besides being a comprehensive account of international political economy for academic study, this extensive collection also highlights salient issues that scholars, analysts and state leaders are most concerned with in today's world. Amongst these are issues concerning the rise of China and India as new economic superpowers, stability in the EU's political economy, the viability of the existing multilateral system of global trade, recent financial crises, as well as the impact of globalisation and marketisation on the world's workers and our physical environment. With contributions from prominent academics such as Susan K Sell (George Washington University, D.C.) and Geoffrey Blainey (Professor Emeritus, University of Melbourne), this volume makes for both a stimulating and thought-provoking read.
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 953 g
Dimensions: 249 x 168 x 30 mm
This collection of original essays, stressing perspectives on international political economy that tend to be marginalised in mainstream discourse, represents a refreshing addition to current debates about the nature and purpose of IPE. For anyone interested in understanding the field of study in its entirety, this book is essential reading. -- Benjamin J Cohen "Louis G Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, Santa Barbara"
Newcomers to the field of international political economy and seasoned professionals alike will find this Handbook to be a gem in the rough of academic literature. As skilful guides, the contributing authors neatly present the major approaches to this discipline and ground them in diverse contexts. -- James H Mittelman "University Professor of International Studies, American University"
This reference collection goes well beyond the standard treatments. While covering the fundamental areas of IPE, the chapters manage to merge theoretical sophistication with clear language and a special focus on issues of immediate relevance. This is surely the most interesting and topical of the current set of IPE reference works. -- Robert A Denemark "Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations, University of Delaware"