9781137523129

Global Political Economy Evolution and Dynamics

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    9781137523129

  • ISBN10:

    1137523123

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/27/2016
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

The landscape of the world economy has been significantly reshaped in recent years. The global economic crisis revealed the fragile foundations of the international financial system, and, in its wake, dynamics of economic power have considerably adjusted. In the fifth edition of this best-selling text, these developments are incorporated into a comprehensive introduction to the global political economy. It takes full account of the emergence of China as a contender to the predominance of the US, of the changing role of the BRICS economies more generally, and of the on-going problems of the European Union, and especially the eurozone.
While incorporating the latest developments, Global Political Economy continues to provide a historically-grounded account. It traces the evolution of the global economy, from its roots in the 15th century, through the Industrial Revolution, to the post-1945 world order. It then explores in detail the dynamics of global political economy in the 21st century, providing systematic coverage of the key spheres of activity – trade, production, finance, labour, gender, development, the environment, ideas, security and governance.

Lucid, engaging 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 for understanding key issues and developments.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
1. Theories of Global Political Economy
2. International Political Economy and Its Methods
PART II: EVOLUTION
3. Forging a World Economy 1400-1800
4. Industry, Empire and War 1800-1945
5. Growing a Global Economy 1945-2015
PART III: DYNAMICS
6. International Trade
7. Transnational Production
8. The Global Financial System
9. Global Division of Labour
10. Gender
11. Economic Development
12. Global Environmental Change
13. Ideas
14. Security
15. Governing the Global Political Economy
Conclusion

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