Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE): IPE as a Global Conversation

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Overview

The study of the International Political Economy (IPE), like the IPE itself, is plural and unbounded. Despite what partisans sometimes say, rather than there being ‘one way’ of studying the IPE that is the ‘right way’, we find across the world great variation in IPE scholarship in terms of focus, questions, and methods. How then can we make sense of this and understand the field as a whole rather than simply learn one part of it?

This Handbook is designed to address precisely this concern. It maps the shifting boundaries and diverse theoretical commitments of IPE around the world. It engages the geographical and theoretical diversity of the different versions of IPE found in North America, the UK, in Asia and Australia; and notes the absences of distinctive versions of IPE in Europe and Latin America. The volume groups together the essential attributes and positions of each school, inviting the reader to engage with and learn about IPE in all of its guises through this evolving ‘global conversation.’ Rather than adjudicate ‘the one true version’ of IPE, it argues that the intellectual diversity we see around the world is an essential, and positive, feature of the field.

With over twenty contributors from a wide range of countries Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy is an essential resource for all those with an interest in this complex and rapidly evolving field of study.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This Handbook is very ambitious in its scope, and succeeds admirably in carrying it off ... very well-structured and presented.' - ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Vol.26, No.3, December 2009

'This highly literate, meticulously edited work performs the useful function of providing a geography and history of thought for the field. It focuses especially on English-speaking developed countries, includes several articles on IPE and Asia, and touches on Latin America and France. Summing up: Highly Recommended' CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415781411
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/21/2010
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Blyth is Professor of International Political Economy at Brown University. His research interests lie in the fields of international and comparative political economy. His articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, and World Politics.

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Table of Contents

List of tables vii

List of contributors viii

Acknowledgments x

Introduction: IPE as a global conversation Mark Blyth 1

Part I North American IPE 21

1 The multiple traditions of American IPE Benjamin J. Cohen 23

2 Realist political economy: traditional themes and contemporary challenges Jonathan Kirshner 36

3 Contested contracts: rationalist theories of institutions in American IPE Alexander Cooley 48

4 Constructivism as an approach to international political economy Rawi Abdelal 62

5 Of margins, traditions, and engagements: a brief disciplinary history of IPE in Canada Randall Germain 77

Part II British IPE 93

6 Lineages of a British international political economy Ben Clift Ben Rosamond 95

7 Empiricism and objectivity: reflexive theory construction in a complex world Angus Cameron Ronen Palan 112

8 Power-knowledge estranged: from Susan Strange to poststructuralism in British IPE Paul Langley 126

9 Bridging the transatlantic divide? Toward a structurational approach to international political economy Philip G. Cerny 140

Part III IPE in Asia 161

10 Reading Hobbes in Beijing: great power politics and the challenge of the peaceful ascent Giovanni Arrighi 163

11 States and markets, states versus markets: the developmental state debate as the distinctive East Asian contribution to international political economy Walden Bello 180

12 The rise of East Asia: an emerging challenge to the study of international political economy Henry Wai-Chung Yeung 201

13 Neither Asia nor America: IPE in Australia J. C. Sharman 216

Part IV IPE elsewhere-exemptions, exclusions, and extensions 229

14 Why IPE is underdeveloped in continental Europe: a case study of France Nicolas Jabko 231

15 Why did the Latin American critical tradition in the social sciences become practically extinct? José Gabriel Palma 243

16 What do sociologists bring to international political economy? John L. Campbell 266

17 Economic history and the international political economy Michael J. Oliver 280

18 Everyday international political economy John M. Hobson Leonard Seabrooke 290

Bibliography 307

Index 355

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