International Political Economy

Understanding Global Disorder

Edited by Bjorn Hettne  

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The collapse of the Berlin Wall triggered the geopolitical transition to a post-Cold War world. Far from ushering in a new world order of progress and peace, humanity finds itself confronted my new conflicts, new sources of insecurity and a highly unpredictable future.

In this book, some of the most eminent theorists of international political economy grapple with the difficult questions involved in developing appropriate theoretical tools in order to understand the rapidly changing, inter-connected structures of international relations and the global economy, and the multiples new sources of instability, integration and inequality. One of the central themes to emerge is the disjuncture between the way in which the world is organized politically (with the sovereign state still the principal actor) and its economic organization ( characterized by more and more integration via the market and international institutions for cross-border cooperation).

The essays in this book provide an essential introduction to some of the innovative thinking that is rapidly transforming the frontiers of international political economy as a discipline.

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  • Bjorn Hettne

    Göeborg University

    Björn Hettne is Professor Emeritus at Economic History at Göteborg University. He has written extensively on International Political Economy, Regionalism (South Asia, Europe), and Development and Conflict Theory. He has also been engaged in research on the “Anatomy of Complex Emergencies.” Björn recently lectured about “One year after 11 September - what happened in South Asia and why?”

    Professor Hettne retired in June 2006. In his honour, Göteborg University arranged a seminar, for invited guests only, at Jonsered Manor, June14-15, 2006. The seminar was titled “New Scenes for International Cooperation - Björn Hettne and Internationalisation of Higher Education.” Hettne was also chairman for the SASNET (Swedish South Asian Studies Network) from 2001 to 2006.

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