The multiple traditions of American IPE

Authored by: Benjamin J. Cohen

Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy (IPE)

Print publication date:  February  2009
Online publication date:  June  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415771269
eBook ISBN: 9780203881569
Adobe ISBN: 9781135984014


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International Political Economy (IPE) came late to the United States. Although astute observers had long acknowledged the obvious linkage of economics and politics in global affairs, it was just a few short decades ago that IPE began to emerge as a formal, recognized field of scholarly inquiry with its own standards, concerns, and career opportunities. The birth of American IPE is generally dated from the late 1960s or early 1970s—the result of a conscious campaign to marry the academic specialties of international economics and international relations (IR). What emerged from those early years was by no means a monolithic orthodoxy. From the start American IPE has been characterized by multiple intellectual traditions, reflecting the hybrid nature of the field itself.

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