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An Introduction to International Political Economy


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An Introduction to International Political Economy by Alison Watson
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This book provides an overview of the dynamics of the contemporary global political economy, with an emphasis on explaining these dynamics in both theoretical and practical terms. It opens with a chapter on exactly what the study of IPE entails, looking at the way in which politics and economics interact, the relationship between domestic and international factors, and the role of the state. Watson goes on to outline the major theoretical approaches to IPE, from the traditional theories including liberalism and Marxism, to alternative theories including rational choice and new institutionalism. In Part Two, she outlines the major policy issues characterizing IPE, and in Part Three, she looks at case studies to illustrate the theoretical points she has made. These include the world trade negotiations at Seattle, a description of the reasons for growth in regional integration arrangements such as the EU, and a discussion of the impact of capital flight.

Author Biography

Alison Watson is lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrew.
Release date NZ
December 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd ed.
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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