Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics

Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics

by Robert O'Brien, Marc Williams
     
 

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This engaging new text provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the global political economy of today set in a broad historical context. Part I analyses the emergence of an international political economy from the fifteenth century through the Industrial Revolution and the consolidation of the post-1945 world order up to the present. The authors next

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This engaging new text provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the global political economy of today set in a broad historical context. Part I analyses the emergence of an international political economy from the fifteenth century through the Industrial Revolution and the consolidation of the post-1945 world order up to the present. The authors next proceed to explore the dynamics of the present global political economy, providing systematic coverage of the key dimensions in relation to trade, production, labour, finance, development and the environment. They conclude with an assessment of global governance, and most centrally how markets can be regulated to meet human purposes in an increasingly global economy. Lucid, accessible and authoritative, Global Political Economy introduces an unusually wide range of theoretical approaches, moving beyond a traditional three-paradigm perspective to show how these theories can be applied and how useful they are in tackling key developments and issues.

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From the Publisher

'Once again, O'Brien and Williams have succeeded in making an excellent text even better. Wide-ranging and historically informed, the fifth edition provides up-to-date coverage of contemporary developments and the latest theoretical trends in the field.' – Benjamin Jerry Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

'This is outstanding in its combination of high-quality scholarship, breadth of coverage and even-handed treatment of all theoretical vantages. An invaluable book for students – and teachers – of IPE.' – Randall Germain, Carleton University, Canada

'This is a hugely important textbook, which I have found to be extremely helpful for the teaching of International Political Economy. It provides an excellent overview of the key themes in IPE and a platform for students to identify and develop their key interests in a more in-depth way.'- Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137287373
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/14/2013
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Robert O'Brien is Professor of Political Science at McMaster University, Canada. He has published books and articles on the subjects of international trade, global labour issues, social movements and international economic institutions, global social policy.

Marc Williams is Professor of International Relations, at The University of New South Wales, Australia. His research focuses on global environmental politics, social movements, and global economic governance.

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