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(p. 177) 6. International Political Economy: Classical Theories 

(p. 177) 6. International Political Economy: Classical Theories
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(p. 177) 6. International Political Economy: Classical Theories
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Robert Jackson

, Georg Sørensen

, and Jørgen Møller

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198803577.003.0006
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date: 29 October 2020

This chapter examines the three most important classical theories within the field of International Political Economy (IPE): mercantilism, economic liberalism, and neo-Marxism. It considers the relationship between politics and economics, and between states and markets in world affairs, that IR has to be able to grasp. It suggests that IPE is about wealth, poverty, and power, about who gets what in the international economic and political system. The outlook of mercantilism has much in common with realism, while economic liberalism is an addition to liberalism. Mercantilism and economic liberalism thus represent views on IPE that are basically realist and liberal. The chapter concludes with a discussion about the original theoretical position of Marxism.

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