Digital Technological Innovation and the International Political Economy

  • Irina Brass
  • David J. Hornsby
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)


This chapter explores the main digital technological innovations currently associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution—artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things—and their effects on the international political economy. It reviews some of their main benefits and challenges to established structures of the global economy, such as international trade and production, or the monetary and financial system. The chapter highlights that the complex coupling, interdependencies, and pervasiveness of these digital innovations disrupt the practice of international political economy on three dimensions: the established institutions that structure the international political economy, the distribution of authority between state and non-state actors, and the distribution of resources between and within developed and developing states.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irina Brass
    • 1
  • David J. Hornsby
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Norman Paterson School of International AffairsCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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