O'Brien & Williams, Global Political Economy | Broome, Issues and Actors in IPE | Clift, Comparative Political Economy |
Schwartz, States versus Markets | Gamble, Crisis Without End | Payne, Global Politics of Unequal Development
By Robert O'Brien and Marc Williams
Publication Date: May 2013
After a period in which the global economy appeared prosperous and stable, the economic crisis exposed the fragile foundations of the international financial system and has reshaped the landscape of global political economy. The fourth edition of this popular and widely used text takes full account of recent developments, while continuing to provide an accessible and historically grounded introduction to the field.
The authors trace the evolution of the global economy, from its roots in the fifteenth century, through the Industrial Revolution, and to the post-1945 world order. They proceed to explore in detail the dynamics of global political economy in the twenty-first century, providing systematic coverage of the key spheres of activity, from trade, production and finance to social divisions, the environment, development, 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.
By André Broome
Publication Date: March 2014
A major new text on contemporary global political economy that focuses centrally on key issues and actors. Concise and accessibly written, it provides an ideal introduction to the contemporary dynamics and processes of change in the global political economy.
By Ben Clift
Publication Date: March 2014
This new textbook provides an authoritative analysis of Comparative Political Economy and how it can help us to understand the global capitalist marketplace in the 21st century in all its variant forms. The author provides broad-ranging empirical examples throughout and relates classical concerns to current international affairs.
By Herman M. Schwartz
Publication Date: November 2009
An authoritative introduction to the development and character of the global political economy. Critically acclaimed in its previous editions, it offers unique depth and breadth of analysis.
New for the 3rd edition; substantial coverage of Asia, a re-vamp of the core theoretical framework and analysis of the global financial crisis.
This important text covers historical and geographical dimensions of globalisation and offers a clear understanding of how and where globalisation came from. It follows the development of the global political economy from inception to the 21st century. A must read for all students.
By Andrew Gamble
Publication Date: June 2014
This major re-assessment by a leading political economist shows that the 2008 financial crash was no ordinary crisis, but the harbinger of a much deeper convulsion comparable to the major past crises of capitalism. While it is still uncertain whether it will become a transformative crisis for the international order, what we do know already is that:
• While the crash particularly affected western states, and those unevenly, no part of the international economy is immune from its effects.
• While the immediate crisis was contained, its magnitude is shown by how long it has taken western economies to recover, and by the need for exceptional measures, such as near-zero interest rates over a prolonged period.
• There is not a single crisis, but a series of crises, highlighting in particular a deeper set of dilemmas about western leadership, democracy and prosperity which unless addressed, will preclude sustained recovery and pave the way to new and deeper crises.
Andrew Gamble maps out likely scenarios in a turbulent world in which the weakening of the old western international order as a result of the decline in the capacities and will of the United States combine with internal deadlocks in both the US and the Eurozone over the management of austerity and debt and in many of the rising powers, especially China, over the management of growth and rising expectations. The path to a new era of prosperity depends on a reformed international order, solutions to budget as well as fiscal deficits, and new forms of sustainable growth. But these demand a political will so far notable by its absence at all levels without which there is little prospect of escape from a future of crisis without end.
By Anthony Payne
Publication Date: September 2005
Although the phrase 'North-South' divide is not heard so much these days, what separates rich countries from poor countries is a question that is still very much with us. Anthony Payne offers a new way of thinking about these issues, grounded in the insights of global political economy and interpreting contemporary global politics as a contest between the development strategies of competing countries.