Critical International Political Economy: Dialogue, Debate and Dissensus

Stuart Shields (Editor), Ian Bruff (Editor), Huw Macartney (Editor)

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Amidst the continued debate surrounding the foundations of IPE and recent methodological and theoretical divides, the authors argue that an attempt should be made to re-visit the notion of the 'critical'. They assess the development of so-called critical IPE and interrogate whether the theoretical foundations it was built upon have reached their potential. This challenge is taken up in a number of different ways, but all share a common concern: to re-assess the purpose of critical approaches and to reflect on why certain social theorists have been favoured as a point of departure, yet others have largely been ignored. In light of recent debates on the notion of a 'trans-Atlantic divide' within IPE, this book demonstrates how the distinction between the 'critical' and the 'orthodox' (or 'empirical') is only significant if the 'critical' is geared towards a larger, more substantial body of critical social enquiry and engages with what it means to conduct such enquiry.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHoundmills, Basingstoke, UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages195
ISBN (Electronic)9780230280304
ISBN (Print)9781137585523
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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