There is no more up-to-date or comprehensive survey of international political economy and international economic relations available for students than this substantially revised and updated fifth edition of Joan Spero's acclaimed text. Since the first edition of this book was published in 1977 much has happened to bring together the disciplines of international politics and international economics. Turbulence in the world economy has highlighted the political dimensions of international economic relations. The persistent problems of the dollar, dislocations in the international trading system, the international oil crisis, the problem of developing country debt - and other world issues - have obliged scholars to re-examine the assumptions that had separated their disciplines for a century. This book is an invaluably clear and concise guide to the increasingly important field of international political economy that has emerged in consequence. Review of a previous edition: Scholarly, lucid and thorough ...it takes the reader through the complexities of the subject material with an authority that is magisterial, but never pompous.
There are few broad books in this area and this one seems destined to be a standard work.' - Teaching Politics
Joan Edelman Spero is Treasurer and Senior Vice President for International Corporate Affairs of the American Express Company