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The Burden of Nations: Debt and Compound Interest

The disappointing outcome of the G8 Okinawa summit regarding the initiative for debt relief for impoverished and indebted countries of the Global South, led President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo to proclaim in August 2000: “All that we had borrowed up to 1985 or … Continue reading

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Global Political Economy and Its Discontents: Power, Politics and Investment Treaties in Developing Countries

There is a widely accepted opinion among a general public, policy makers and economists that investment treaties between the West and developing countries greatly benefit the latter. But is this view correct? Well, for sure the story is far more complex than it seems. An interesting … Continue reading

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Free trade politics, the power of ideas and political economy of European integration

“The bourgeoisie… has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom—Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted … Continue reading

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International Political Economy scholars miss THE question of the 21st century: the rise of a global labor class living in poverty

In the recent years, more and more International Political Economy (IPE) scholars are dissatisfied with the current state of this field of research and desire to identify the ‘Big Questions’ of the 21st century. In this (open access) article, Benjamin … Continue reading

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Eric Helleiner’s new book: “Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development & Making of the Postwar Order”

As Helleiner did in his excellent previous influential works, in this new book he presents in intellectually-engaging manner a thoughtful and bright analysis which is a must-read for economic sociologists and political economists interested in studying institutions, international political economy and power … Continue reading

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Minilateralism: How Trade, Soft Law and Finance Redefined Economic Statecraft

Multilateralism is giving way to minilateralism — argues Chris Brummer (Georgetown University) in his new thought-provoking book Minilateralism How Trade Alliances, Soft Law and Financial Engineering are Redefining Economic Statecraft, that analyzes the global political economy in the post-hegemonic era … Continue reading

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Congratulations to David Levi-Faur for receiving the Award for ‪Regulatory‬ Studies Development, by the European Consortium for Political Research Group on Regulatory Governance

David Levi-Faur (Hebrew University) is the first recipient of the Award for ‪Regulatory‬ Studies Development because of his successful efforts to create an academic regulatory governance community, as exemplified by his initiative to co-found the ECPR Standing Group on Regulation and … Continue reading

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Austerity Politics and Policy in the EU and the Eurozone crisis

One of the key aims of “The Politics of Austerity and Public Policy Reform in the EU”, Political Studies Review symposium is to reconsider the theoretical tools available for understanding political and policy responses to the Eurozone crisis. Current EU developments and … Continue reading

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Regulating International Finance and the Evolving Imbalance of Capitalisms since the 1970s

This worth-reading paper puts the ongoing G20 process of improving the regulation of international finance into a historically informed perspective. To understand the driving forces behind and obstacles to international cooperation in governing finance, Thomas Kalinowski (Max Planck Institute for … Continue reading

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