International Political Economy: The Business of War and Peace.pdf
Two perspectives dominate modern international relations theory: realism and liberalism. Realism focuses on nation-states as the principal actors in international relations. It ignores transnational actors (mostly business organizations) that are often vital to patterns of international relations. On the other hand, liberalism recognizes that transnational structures, regimes or organizations can be important, but loses sight of the business interests that create these structures. Jim Nolt's exciting and creative approach is to begin with business as the main constitutive element of modern international relations. In other words, business organizations are one of the main agents in the conduct of international relations and business concerns generate most of the enduring issues of international relations, i.e., the substance of the struggles. This may sound close to liberal transnationalism. However, the difference is that Nolt rejects its pluralist model of political struggle. This innovative new book offers a redefinition of the teaching of international political economy.
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World Policy Institute, New York City, USA
Part I: Toward a Corporatist Theory of International Relations 1. Theories of International Relations 2. Polarized Politics 3. Strategic Economics Part II: Dynamic Political Economy 4. Strategy as Methodology 5. Strategic Determination of the Business Cycle 6. International System Dynamics Part III: From Mercantilism to Free Trade 7. The Power of Mercantilism 8. Two Revolutions 9. The Triumph of Free Trade Part IV: Business Centralization and Imperialism 10. Finance Capital 11. Imperialism and International Polarization 12. World War I and the Rise of Business Internationalism Part V: World War II and the Triumph of Business Internationalism 13. The Economic Origins of World War II 14. The Unification of Europe 15. The Invention of Economic Development 16. Cold War Polarization 17. The Universal Victory of Business Internationalism Part VI: The Future of International Political Economy 18. Boom and Bust in the Global Economy 19. Hegemony Beyond War 20. The Withering of the Nation State