Critical International Political Economy

Dialogue, Debate and Dissensus

  • Stuart Shields
  • Ian Bruff
  • Huw Macartney

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: ‘Critical’ and ‘International Political Economy’

    1. Stuart Shields, Ian Bruff, Huw Macartney
      Pages 1-6
  3. Dialogue

  4. Debate

  5. Dissensus

  6. Conclusion: IPE and the international political economy? IPE or the international political economy?

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 173-195

About this book


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stuart Shields
    • 1
  • Ian Bruff
    • 2
  • Huw Macartney
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of ManchesterUK

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