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Global Political Economy

Sixth Edition

Edited by Edited by John Ravenhill

Publication Date - May 2020

ISBN: 9780198820642

536 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock


An expert team of international authors present a diverse and comprehensive selection of theories and issues, carefully brought together by experienced editor John Ravenhill. Crucially, debates are presented through a critical lens to encourage students to unpack claims, form independent views, and challenge assumptions. This text is the only introduction to global political economy that lets students learn from the very top scholars in the field.

Now in its sixth edition, this highly successful textbook has been thoroughly updated with contemporary real word examples, including the impact of the Trump administration, Brexit, and economic nationalism. Furthermore, new analysis has been added on the international political economy of work, labour, and energy. This ensures that Global Political Economy is the most up-to-date and relevant textbook on the subject available. This book is supported by online resources designed to help students take their learning further.

New to this Edition

  • Thoroughly updated to incorporate recent developments, such as the Trump administration, Brexit and economic nationalism
  • Includes brand new coverage of the international political economy of work and labour, an increasingly important topic in global political economy
  • Now explores the international political economy of energy, a popular area of study


  • A stimulating yet accessible guide to political economy which helps students understand complex issues such as global trade and global finance as well as pertinent topics including development, equality and the environment
  • Packed with contemporary case studies to help students apply economic theory to the real world
  • Debates are critically presented and situated in their historical context, enabling students to form their own views and arguments
  • Includes carefully developed pedagogical features, such as rigorous end of chapter questions which help students reflect on their learning, test their knowledge, and form their own views
  • Accompanied by a range of online resources, to help students take their learning further

About the Author(s)

John Ravenhill is the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Table of Contents

    Part I Theoretical Approaches to Global Political Economy
    1. The Study of Global Political Economy, John Ravenhill
    2. The Historical Roots of Theoretical Traditions in Global Political Economy, Matthew Watson
    3. Cooperation and Conflict in the Global Political Economy, Cedric Dupont and Vinod Aggarwal
    4. The Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policies, Michael J Hiscox
    Part II Global Trade and Production
    5. The Evolution of the Global Trade Regime, Ann Capling and Silke Trommer
    6. Regional Trade Agreements, John Ravenhill
    7. The Globalization of Production, Eric Thun
    Part III Global Finance
    8. The Evolution of the International Monetary and Financial System, Eric Helleiner
    9. The Political Economy of Global Financial Crises, Louis W Pauly
    Part IV Globalization and the State
    10. The Logics of Economic Globalization, Anthony McGrew
    11. Globalization and its Impact on States, Colin Hay
    Part V Development, Equality, and the Environment
    12. Growth, Inequality and Poverty, Robert Hunter Wade
    13. The Political Economy of Development, Nicola Phillips
    14. The Political Economy of the Environment, Peter Dauvergne

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