Towards a cultural political economy – Not a cultural IPE

J. Best, M. Paterson

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This short article provides a response to Matthias Kranke’s review in this journal (vol. 42, no. 3) of our book Cultural Political Economy. Although we recognise the good intentions behind Kranke’s attempt to bring our book into ongoing ‘trans-Atlantic’ debates about the definition of International Political Economy (IPE) as a field, the very effort to define what IPE ‘is’ and ‘is not’ is precisely the kind of reifying move that our volume was trying to avoid. Our project is principally an ontological one: we try to make sense of what political economy would look like if we took seriously the role of culture. This allows us to cut through the epistemological debates that have historically defined IR and the methodological ones that have recently dominated IPE.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)738-740
Number of pages3
JournalMillennium: Journal of International Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2014


  • cultural political economy
  • debate
  • discipline
  • epistemology
  • international political economy
  • methodology

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