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Global Political Economy (5th Edition)

Evolution and Dynamics

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This fully revised fifth edition continues to offer the authoritative introduction to today’s global political economy and its historical context. O'Brien and Williams move beyond the traditional three-paradigm perspective...

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This fully revised fifth edition continues to offer the authoritative introduction to today’s global political economy and its historical context. O'Brien and Williams move beyond the traditional three-paradigm perspective to show how these theories can be applied and their efficacy in tackling key developments and issues. In doing so, the authors offer an all-encompassing analysis of the multiple theories, themes, and issues to create a comprehensive guide to the topic.

The authors first trace the evolution of the global economy from its roots in fifteenth century through the Industrial Revolution, to the post-1945 world order. They then proceed to explore in more detail the dynamics of today's global political economy, providing systematic coverage of the key spheres of activity, from trade, production and finance to social divisions, development, the environment, ideas, security and governance.  This edition includes new material on the Greek financial crisis and the changing role of the BRICS countries in global governance, as these developments upset the dominance of the US and Europe in the world economy today.

Supported by multiple boxed exhibits, further reading links, and a fully-featured companion website, this text is designed to be as accessible as possible. Online, students will find essay and multiple choice questions, podcasts and videos, timelines, and other materials to help consolidate learning. 

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  • Extensive coverage of key theories, from liberalism to poststructuralism
  • Up-to-date analysis of key events and effects, including the global financial crisis
  • A fully featured companion website with both student and lecturer resources
  • Additional lecturer and student resources via the companion website


  • Up to date coverage of the Greek financial crisis and the rise of BRICs
  • Changes in international security
  •  International efforts to address climate change

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.

The companion websites features a wealth of materials to consolidate learning. These include:

  • Links to useful articles and weblinks
  • Self-test question banks
  • Podcasts and videos
  • Key timelines
  • + more!
Access this for free at www.macmillanihe.com/companion/Obrien-Global-Political-Economy/
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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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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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