International Political Economy

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Broadly viewing the global economy as a political competition that produces winners and losers, International Political Economy holistically and accessibly introduces the field of IPE to students with limited background in political theory, history, and economics. This text surveys major interests and institutions and examines how state and non-state actors pursue wealth and power.

Emphasizing fundamental economic concepts as well as the interplay between domestic and international politics, International Political Economy not only explains how the global economy works; it also encourages students to think critically about how economic policy is made in the context of globalization.


-Examines IPE through a unifying theme of winners and losers to explain current developments in the global economy.

-Includes non-technical treatment of fundamental economic principles (comparative advantage, balance of payment adjustments, exchange rate systems, etc.) to help students more effectively study IPE.

-Uniquely focuses on domestic politics and institutions and their role in the global economy.

-Covers the politics of economic development in four chapters–the most coverage in any IPE survey.

-“Closer Look” boxes offer in-depth explorations of current trends and events in the global economy and global economic institutions.

-“Policy Analysis and Debate” boxes present multiple perspectives on key IPE issues and encourage students to critically examine the international economic system.

-Concludes with the debate over globalization, which draws on current research to encourage students to understand the debate’s central issues and to place them in the broader context of IPE.

-Key terms, web links, and suggestions for further reading in every chapter allow students to delve deeper into topics.

Table of Contents

Detailed Contentsp. iv
Prefacep. ix
International Political Economyp. 1
The World Trade Organization and the World Trade Systemp. 21
The Political Economy of International Trade Cooperationp. 46
A Society-Centered Approach to Trade Politicsp. 71
A State-Centered Approach to Trade Politicsp. 94
Trade and Development I: Import Substitution Industrializationp. 114
Trade and Development II: Economic Reformp. 137
Multinational Corporations in the Global Economyp. 164
The Politics of Multinational Corporationsp. 189
The International Monetary Systemp. 214
Contemporary International Monetary Arrangementsp. 237
A Society-Centered Approach to Monetary and Exchange-Rate Policiesp. 260
A State-Centered Approach to Monetary and Exchange-Rate Policiesp. 283
Developing Countries and International Finance I: The Latin American Debt Crisisp. 306
Developing Countries and International Finance II: A Decade of Crisesp. 332
Globalization: Consequences and Controversiesp. 356
Glossaryp. 381
Referencesp. 393
Indexp. 406
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Both Comprehensive and Accessible, April 17, 2011
Unfortunately for those of us who teach International Political Economy to undergraduates on a regular basis, most text books on the subject are either better suited to a graduate-level course, or are still mired in the past. This textbook will really help students, financial advisors, CEO's, politicians and everyone involved in International Management to make better analysis and take better decisions. I ordered this textbook from ecampus and I'm glad to receive it in time.
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