• Adam Sneyd
  • Charis Enns
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)


This chapter reviews empirical and theoretical developments related to the political economy of commodities. It reflects on recent trends in international political economy (IPE) scholarship on commodities and demonstrates that global commodity politics are ripe for future research. The chapter first explores what the end of bipolarity and the rise of the BRICS mean for commodity production, trade and consumption, as well as for global development. It then explores new trends in contemporary IPE scholarship on commodities, including a renewed interest in illicit and informal commodity flows, research on the financialization of commodities and a growing body of work on transnational governance and commodities. Thereafter, several emerging areas of study are introduced before concluding with a brief discussion of topics warranting further attention from IPE scholars moving forward.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Sneyd
    • 1
  • Charis Enns
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  3. 3.East African InstituteAga Khan UniversityNairobiKenya

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