OCIS04 Globalization and International Political Economy

Session Chairs
Prof. Jacqui True
Dr. Shahar Hameiri

Many scholars of International Political Economy saw the onset of economic globalisation as leading to the eventual withering away of national borders, as governments became powerless to resist an all-conquering tide of globalising capital, spearheaded by multinational corporations and mega-banks. But even as this hyper-globalist thesis was being expounded in the 1980s and 1990s, more sceptical voices in IPE contended that the nation-state remained a powerful actor, capable of harnessing economic globalisation to national development objectives. Recently, the hyper-globalist thesis and its antithesis have been all but abandoned in favour of more nuanced assessment of the precise political, economic, social and institutional contexts in which flows of finance, investment, trade and people traverse borders in the global political economy. Scholars of IPE have also studied the manner in which shifts in the global political economy have been transforming the global economic landscape, producing new margins. We welcome panels that analyse the relations between diverse features of the past and current international political economy. What is the relationship between globalisation’s ebbs and flows and contradictory tendencies toward the opening up and closing of borders, or the shifting of margins in the global political economy? We also welcome submissions on other topics and themes of concern in IPE, such as international and regional regimes, welfare policies, social and environmental policies, monetary and exchange rate policies, global integration, international trade, international development and equity, international finance, multinational corporations, civil society, and corporate social responsibility. IPE is a theoretically and methodologically diverse field and this session is open to all approaches and themes.