Reviewing the Theoretical Landscape

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


The purpose of this chapter is to review some of the most important approaches in the field in terms of their theoretical and conceptual formulations as well as empirical focus.1 The need for a review is explained by the fact that any attempt to develop a theoretical framework rests at least partly on previous and alternative theoretical experiences. This is to take one step back in order to later take two steps forward.


Political Economy Market Integration Custom Union World Order Rationalist Theory 
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Reviewing the Theoretical Landscape

  1. 1.
    This chapter draws on my chapter in Nicola Phillips (ed.) Globalising Political Economy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (in press) (Söderbaum, 2004).Google Scholar

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© Fredrik Söderbaum 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fredrik Söderbaum
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Peace and Development ResearchGöteborg University (Padrigu)Sweden
  2. 2.United Nations University/Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU/CRIS)BrugesBelgium

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