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Broadly viewing the global economy as a political competition that produces winners and losers, International Political Economy holistically and accessibly introduces the field of IPE to students with limited background in political theory, history, and economics. This text surveys major interests and institutions and examines how state and non-state actors pursue wealth and power.
Emphasizing fundamental economic concepts as well as the interplay between domestic and international politics, International Political Economy not only explains how the global economy works; it also encourages students to think critically about how economic policy is made in the context of globalization.
-Examines IPE through a unifying theme of winners and losers to explain current developments in the global economy.
-Includes non-technical treatment of fundamental economic principles (comparative advantage, balance of payment adjustments, exchange rate systems, etc.) to help students more effectively study IPE.
-Uniquely focuses on domestic politics and institutions and their role in the global economy.
-Covers the politics of economic development in four chapters–the most coverage in any IPE survey.
-“Closer Look” boxes offer in-depth explorations of current trends and events in the global economy and global economic institutions.
-“Policy Analysis and Debate” boxes present multiple perspectives on key IPE issues and encourage students to critically examine the international economic system.
-Concludes with the debate over globalization, which draws on current research to encourage students to understand the debate’s central issues and to place them in the broader context of IPE.
-Key terms, web links, and suggestions for further reading in every chapter allow students to delve deeper into topics.