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Political Science: International Political Economy

library and other key resources in this discipline

What is it?

International Political Economy (IPE),
or Global Political Economy
interdisciplinary analyses ultimately concerned with the ways in which political entities (states, institutions, or individuals, etc.) shape how economic activiy effect systems, and the inverse, the effect that economic interactions have upon political structures.

Traditional Approaches

Liberal - freedom for private powers at the expense of public power/ government; markets, free from the distortions caused by government controls and regulation, will harmonise demand and supply of resources resulting in the best possible outcome for the majority

Realist (or "nationalist") - power of free markets to deliver favourable outcomes which are generally obtained with moderately strong public power exerting some regulatory control

Marxist - robust application of strong public power can check innate tendencies for private power to benefit elites at the expense of the majority

Constructivist - economic interaction is not value-free, economic and political identities along with material interests are key determinants of economic action


More Databases

Quick Reference

- Dictionary of Economics (Oxford)
- New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
- Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook
- World Factbook (CIA) 

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