Confronting globalisation: International political economy and its critics

P Langley

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The contemporary revival of interest in the field of International Political Economy (IPE) has coincided with the apparently unprecedented restructuring of the world economy that tends to be labelled 'globalisation'. The forces of change associated with globalisation have been felt throughout state-societies to such an extent that they have become the focus for a large amount of research undertaken across the social sciences. The ability of IPE to become firmly established as a recognised field of inquiry in its own right is, therefore, undermined unless IPE scholars can make a distinctive contribution to our comprehension of globalisation. With globalisation representing such a critical juncture for the development of IPE, mainstream visions of IPE that draw narrowly upon a combination of international relations and liberal economics do not seem capable of providing the foundations necessary for the consolidation of the field. This is most starkly revealed once we reflect upon contributions made to our knowledge of the emerging global economy from across the social sciences, and upon critical visions for IPE that engage openly with interdisciplinary insights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-+
Number of pages10
JournalMillennium: Journal of International Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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