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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Global Political Economy

Evolution and Dynamics

Edition 4th edition
ISBN 9781137287366
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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.

Robert O'Brien holds the LIUNA/ Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professorship in Global Labour Issues 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, University of New South Wales, Australia. His research focuses on global environmental politics, social movements, and global economic governance.

1. Theories of Global Political Economy
2. International Political Economy and Its Methods
3. Forging a World Economy 1400-1800
4. Industry, Empire and War 1800-1945
5. Growing a Global Economy 1945-2010
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


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