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Theories of International Political Economy

An Introduction

Stéphane Paquin

Publication Date - 01 April 2016

ISBN: 9780199018963

256 pages
8.9 x 6.0 inches


Written by the Canada Research Chair in International and Comparative Political Economy, Theories of International Political Economy introduces students to the theories that make up the core, semi-periphery, and periphery of the discipline as it is currently studied. This concise introduction uses an engaging, accessible style to guide students through rich and complex material, enabling them to apply various approaches to their study of international political economy.


  • Student-friendly pedagogy, including chapter objectives, reader's guides, boxes, discussion questions, and lists of further readings, helps students understand and apply theories
  • Online ancillaries written by the author provides instructors with discussion and essay questions, lecture topics, and links to videos to aid students' learning

About the Author(s)

Stéphane Paquin is a professor at l'Ecole Nationale d'administration Publique and Canada Research Chair in International and Comparative Political Economy and Globalization.

Table of Contents

    1. The Invention of IPE
    Historical Foundation of the Field
    What Is IPE?
    Economists and IPE
    Theoretical Perspectives in IPE
    The Dividing Lines
    2. Theorizing International Political Economy
    Epistemology in IPE
    What is Positivism in Orthodox IPE?
    Types of Theory
    Theorizing According to the Orthodox Approach
    Theorizing According to the Heterodox Approach
    Theorizing Among the Neo-Gramscians
    Theorizing According to Susan Strange
    3. The Realist Perspective
    Basic Assumptions of the Realist Perspective in IPE
    The Myth of Globalization
    Globalization, War, and Peace
    Power and Theory of Hegemonic Stability
    Power and Interstate Relations
    4. The Liberal Perspective
    Basic Assumptions of the Liberal Perspective in IPE
    Globalization, War, and Peace
    Peace through Democracy
    Peace through International Institutions
    Economic Interdependence as a Factor of Peace
    Globalization and Transnationalism
    Liberal Institutionalism
    The Debate on Compliance
    5. Domestic and Open-Economy Politics
    The Second Image Reversed
    6. From Marxism to Neo-Gramscianism
    Marxist Approaches in IPE
    Dependency Theory
    The World-System Approach
    The Neo-Gramscian School
    Robert Cox
    The Rediscovery of Gramsci
    The Structural Power of Capital
    The Politics of Mass Production
    7. The British School
    The Heterodox British School in IPE
    Structural Powers
    8. Green and Feminist IPE
    The Orthodox Approach in Green IPE
    Critical Green IPE
    Feminist IPE
    Feminist Ontology in IPE
    Feminist Epistemology in IPE
    General Conclusion