International Political Economy

The field of IPE analyzes the interactions between international political and economic dynamics. It consists of a set of interdisciplinary approaches to analyze structures and processes of globalization and economic integration, as well as the interactions between domestic and international political and economic phenomena. It tries to overcome the artificial separation between politics and economics, between states and markets, and between domestic and international levels of analysis. Recent empirical research has concentrated on issues such as structural adjustment, regional economic integration, state-business relations, Third World development, multinational corporations, and the institutions of international economic governance.