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Review-A-Day

The Princeton political economist Robert Gilpin has written an important book for both academics and a general audience interested in (and these days who isn't?) international economic affairs and "globalization." Although he eschews polemics and writes in a low-key, analytical style, his forceful points serve as a needed antidote to Thomas Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree and other facile works about the subject. Christopher Layne, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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This book is the eagerly awaited successor to Robert Gilpin's 1987 The Political Economy of International Relations, the classic statement of the field of international political economy that continues to command the attention of students, researchers, and policymakers. The world economy and political system have changed dramatically since the 1987 book was published. The end of the Cold War has unleashed new economic and political forces, and new regionalisms have emerged. Computing power is increasingly an impetus to the world economy, and technological developments have changed and are changing almost every aspect of contemporary economic affairs. Gilpin's Global Political Economy considers each of these developments. Reflecting a lifetime of scholarship, it offers a masterful survey of the approaches that have been used to understand international economic relations and the problems faced in the new economy.

Gilpin focuses on the powerful economic, political, and technological forces that have transformed the world. He gives particular attention to economic globalization, its real and alleged implications for economic affairs, and the degree to which its nature, extent, and significance have been exaggerated and misunderstood. Moreover, he demonstrates that national policies and domestic economies remain the most critical determinants of economic affairs. The book also stresses the importance of economic regionalism, multinational corporations, and financial upheavals.

Gilpin integrates economic and political analysis in his discussion of "global political economy." He employs the conventional theory of international trade, insights from the theory of industrial organization, and endogenous growth theory. In addition, ideas from political science, history, and other disciplines are employed to enrich understanding of the new international economic order. This wide-ranging book is destined to become a landmark in the field.

Review:

"An extremely well written, lucid, and persuasive analysis of international economic developments and their political implications and results, solidly grounded in history." Arthur I Cyr, Orbis

Review:

"[A] scholarly, theoretical framework for examining how markets and the policies of nation-states determine the way the world economy functions. Booklist

Review:

"Robert Gilpin, the dean of American students of international political economy, has provided us with a masterful guide to the state of the world economy and how it can be explained. Current developments are placed in historical and theoretical perspective. In a book that is deeply thought as well as deeply researched and carefully argued, Gilpin has produced a landmark study." Robert Jervis, Columbia University

Review:

"Global Political Economy undertakes a comprehensive survey of major aspects of the world political economy from the perspective of a leading 'realist' political scientist. Robert Gilpin emphasizes the continuing importance of the state and the great impact of variations in state structure and policy around the world. His book is an impressive attempt to synthesize economic and political analysis to understand the forces affecting globalization, state policy, and the results of their interaction for economic development and international trade, investment, and finance." Robert O. Keohane, Duke University

Synopsis:

The end of the Cold War has unleashed unique economic and political forces. Computers are an increasing impetus to the world economy, along with technological developments. This work studies these developments, and others, to survey the approaches to understanding international economic relations.

Synopsis:

"Robert Gilpin, the dean of American students of international political economy, has provided us with a masterful guide to the state of the world economy and how it can be explained. Current developments are placed in historical and theoretical perspective. In a book that is deeply thought as well as deeply researched and carefully argued, Gilpin has produced a landmark study."--Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"Global Political Economy undertakes a comprehensive survey of major aspects of the world political economy from the perspective of a leading 'realist' political scientist. Robert Gilpin emphasizes the continuing importance of the state and the great impact of variations in state structure and policy around the world. His book is an impressive attempt to synthesize economic and political analysis to understand the forces affecting globalization, state policy, and the results of their interaction for economic development and international trade, investment, and finance."--Robert O. Keohane, Duke University

Synopsis:

This book is the eagerly awaited successor to Robert Gilpin's 1987 The Political Economy of International Relations, the classic statement of the field of international political economy that continues to command the attention of students, researchers, and policymakers. The world economy and political system have changed dramatically since the 1987 book was published. The end of the Cold War has unleashed new economic and political forces, and new regionalisms have emerged. Computing power is increasingly an impetus to the world economy, and technological developments have changed and are changing almost every aspect of contemporary economic affairs. Gilpin's Global Political Economy considers each of these developments. Reflecting a lifetime of scholarship, it offers a masterful survey of the approaches that have been used to understand international economic relations and the problems faced in the new economy.

Gilpin focuses on the powerful economic, political, and technological forces that have transformed the world. He gives particular attention to economic globalization, its real and alleged implications for economic affairs, and the degree to which its nature, extent, and significance have been exaggerated and misunderstood. Moreover, he demonstrates that national policies and domestic economies remain the most critical determinants of economic affairs. The book also stresses the importance of economic regionalism, multinational corporations, and financial upheavals.

Gilpin integrates economic and political analysis in his discussion of "global political economy." He employs the conventional theory of international trade, insights from the theory of industrial organization, and endogenous growth theory. In addition, ideas from political science, history, and other disciplines are employed to enrich understanding of the new international economic order. This wide-ranging book is destined to become a landmark in the field.

About the Author

Robert Gilpin is the Eisenhower Professor of Public and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, including The Political Economy of International Relations and The Challenge of Global Capitalism: The World Economy in the Twenty-First Century (both Princeton).

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms ix

Preface xi

ONE. The New Global Economic Order 3

Changes in the World Economy 5

Intellectual Perspectives 13

My Perspective: State-centric Realism 15

Purpose of Economic Activity 23

Conclusion 24

TWO. The Nature of Political Economy 25

What You Seek Is What You Find 31

The Nature of an Economy 38

Embeddedness of the Economy 41

Conclusion 45

THREE. The Neoclassical Conception of the Economy 46

The Discipline of Neoclassical Economics 46

Nature of a Market 54

Method of Comparative Statics 57

Intellectual Limitations 60

Economists and Public Policy 69

Comparison of Economics and Political Economy 74

Conclusion 76

FOUR. The Study of International Political Economy 77

Distribution of Wealth and Economic Activities 78

National Autonomy 80

The Politics of International Regimes 82

Theory of Hegemonic Stability 93

Governance of the Global Economy 97

Conclusion 102

FIVE. New Economic Theories 103

Change and Neoclassical Economics 104

World View of the New Theories 106

The New Theories 108

Conclusion 127

SIX. The Political Significance of the New Economic Theories 129

National Governments and Domestic Economies 129

Oligopoly and Power in Economic Outcomes 132

Technological Innovation 135

Convergent and Divergent Economic Growth 141

Conclusion 147

SEVEN. National Systems of Political Economy 148

Differences among National Economies 149

The American System of Market-Oriented Capitalism 150

The Japanese System of Developmental Capitalism 156

The German System of "Social Market" Capitalism 168

Significance of National Differences 174

Is One System Superior to the Others? 175

Do Nations Compete with One Another? 180

Convergence, Harmonization, or Mutual Recognition? 183

Conclusion 195

EIGHT. The Trading System 196

The Debate over Free Trade 198

Trade and the Economy 202

Revisions of Conventional Trade Theory 206

Postwar Trade Regime 217

The Uruguay Round and World Trade Organization 221

New Threats to an Open Trading System 224

Conclusion 232

NINE. The International Monetary System 234

The Postwar International Monetary System 235

The End of Fixed Exchange Rates 238

The Financial Revolution and Monetary Affairs 239

Embedded Technical and Political Issues 242

Devising an International Monetary System 248

Reform of International Monetary Affairs 250

Unity or Fragmentation of the Monetary System? 255

Few or Many National Currencies? 258

Conclusion 259

TEN. The International Financial System 261

Partial Globalization of International Finance 261

Nature of Financial Crises 264

The East Asian Financial Crisis 267

Controversy over Regulation of International Finance 271

Conclusion 277

ELEVEN. The State and the Multinationals 278

Explanations of FDI and the MNC 279

The Multinationals and the International Economy 289

Increased Regionalization of Services and Manufacturing 292

Debate over the MNC and the Nation-State 294

An International Regime for FDI and MNCs 300

Do Global Corporations Pose a Threat? 302

Conclusion 304

TWELVE. The State and Economic Development 305

The Rise and Demise of Development Economics 306

Triumph of Neoliberalism 309

The Debt Crisis and Structural Adjustment 313

Theory of the "Developmental State" 316

The East Asian Miracle Project 321

The East Asian Financial/Economic Crisis 329

The Future of the Developmental State 331

The Transitional Economies 333

Conclusion 339

THIRTEEN. The Political Economy of Regional Integration 341

Economic Theories 344

Political Theories 348

An Eclectic Approach 358

Conclusion 361

FOURTEEN. The Nation-State in the Global Economy 362

The Limited Nature of Economic Globalization 364

Alleged Consequences of Economic Globalization 366

Effectiveness of Macroeconomic Policy 369

The Need for a Historical Perspective 375

Conclusion 376

FIFTEEN. Governing the Global Economy 377

Neoliberal Institutionalism 379

The New Medievalism 390

Transgovernmentalism 398

Governance for What? 400

Conclusion 402

Select Bibliography 403

Index 411

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691086774
Other:
Gilpin, Robert
Author:
Gilpin, Jean M.
Author:
Gilpin, Robert
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
International finance
Subject:
Technological innovations
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Economics - International
Subject:
International economic relations
Subject:
Free trade
Subject:
International - Economics
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Economics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. PR03
Publication Date:
February 2001
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Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21 oz

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"Review A Day" by , The Princeton political economist Robert Gilpin has written an important book for both academics and a general audience interested in (and these days who isn't?) international economic affairs and "globalization." Although he eschews polemics and writes in a low-key, analytical style, his forceful points serve as a needed antidote to Thomas Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree and other facile works about the subject. Christopher Layne, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "An extremely well written, lucid, and persuasive analysis of international economic developments and their political implications and results, solidly grounded in history."
"Review" by , "[A] scholarly, theoretical framework for examining how markets and the policies of nation-states determine the way the world economy functions.
"Review" by , "Robert Gilpin, the dean of American students of international political economy, has provided us with a masterful guide to the state of the world economy and how it can be explained. Current developments are placed in historical and theoretical perspective. In a book that is deeply thought as well as deeply researched and carefully argued, Gilpin has produced a landmark study."
"Review" by , "Global Political Economy undertakes a comprehensive survey of major aspects of the world political economy from the perspective of a leading 'realist' political scientist. Robert Gilpin emphasizes the continuing importance of the state and the great impact of variations in state structure and policy around the world. His book is an impressive attempt to synthesize economic and political analysis to understand the forces affecting globalization, state policy, and the results of their interaction for economic development and international trade, investment, and finance."
"Synopsis" by , The end of the Cold War has unleashed unique economic and political forces. Computers are an increasing impetus to the world economy, along with technological developments. This work studies these developments, and others, to survey the approaches to understanding international economic relations.
"Synopsis" by ,

"Robert Gilpin, the dean of American students of international political economy, has provided us with a masterful guide to the state of the world economy and how it can be explained. Current developments are placed in historical and theoretical perspective. In a book that is deeply thought as well as deeply researched and carefully argued, Gilpin has produced a landmark study."--Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"Global Political Economy undertakes a comprehensive survey of major aspects of the world political economy from the perspective of a leading 'realist' political scientist. Robert Gilpin emphasizes the continuing importance of the state and the great impact of variations in state structure and policy around the world. His book is an impressive attempt to synthesize economic and political analysis to understand the forces affecting globalization, state policy, and the results of their interaction for economic development and international trade, investment, and finance."--Robert O. Keohane, Duke University

"Synopsis" by ,

This book is the eagerly awaited successor to Robert Gilpin's 1987 The Political Economy of International Relations, the classic statement of the field of international political economy that continues to command the attention of students, researchers, and policymakers. The world economy and political system have changed dramatically since the 1987 book was published. The end of the Cold War has unleashed new economic and political forces, and new regionalisms have emerged. Computing power is increasingly an impetus to the world economy, and technological developments have changed and are changing almost every aspect of contemporary economic affairs. Gilpin's Global Political Economy considers each of these developments. Reflecting a lifetime of scholarship, it offers a masterful survey of the approaches that have been used to understand international economic relations and the problems faced in the new economy.

Gilpin focuses on the powerful economic, political, and technological forces that have transformed the world. He gives particular attention to economic globalization, its real and alleged implications for economic affairs, and the degree to which its nature, extent, and significance have been exaggerated and misunderstood. Moreover, he demonstrates that national policies and domestic economies remain the most critical determinants of economic affairs. The book also stresses the importance of economic regionalism, multinational corporations, and financial upheavals.

Gilpin integrates economic and political analysis in his discussion of "global political economy." He employs the conventional theory of international trade, insights from the theory of industrial organization, and endogenous growth theory. In addition, ideas from political science, history, and other disciplines are employed to enrich understanding of the new international economic order. This wide-ranging book is destined to become a landmark in the field.

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