MT03 International Political Economy and Globalisation

Chair: Mark Kesselman  mjk3@columbia.edu

The issue of inequality is centrally relevant to the study of international political economy (IPE) and globalisation.  Some of the most fruitful debates within political science have involved determining the causes, and political and distributive consequences, of changes within the globalised economy.  Does a rising international economic tide lift all boats?  Or does economic development linked to globalisation exacerbate pre-existing socioeconomic and political cleavages and inequalities, and create new ones, among and within nations?  The meteoric ascent of the Chinese economy, and to a lesser extent that of the BRICs and several other countries in the Global South, are unthinkable in the absence of globalisation.  At the same time, globalisation has also promoted highly destructive negative externalities, including ecological devastation and the rapid diffusion of economic crisis throughout the world.

We welcome panels that analyse the relation between inequality and diverse features of the past and current international political economy.  What is the relationship between the contradictory tendencies toward economic equality and inequality within and across nations, and the changing configuration of politics throughout the world?  This issue can be studied with the help of formal, empirical, theoretical, and/or normative approaches.  Panels might analyse the character and impact of economic policies and regulations regarding inequality at local, national, regional, and international levels, as well as how political actors, including social movements, political parties, international nongovernmental organisations, intergovernmental organisations, individual states, and coalitions of states, have sought to challenge—and/or promote—global inequalities.

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