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Geopolitical Economy: States, Economies and the Capitalist World Order
Vol. 30
Application Deadline: 1 October, 2014

Geopolitical Economy: States, Economies and the Capitalist World Order

Edited by Radhika Desai

This issue advances geopolitical economy as a new approach to the 21st century world order of multipolarity and its genesis. They cannot be explained by recently dominant approaches such as ‘U.S. hegemony’ or ‘globalization’ which treat the world economy as a seamless whole in which either no state matters or only one does. For not only are today’s ‘BRICs’ and ‘emerging economies’, the authors of multipolarity, instances of state-led contender or combined development, they are only the latest in a long history of such development that has challenged the unevenness of capitalism and the international division of labour it created and spread productive capacity ever more widely. 

In geopolitical economy the role of states in developing and regulating economies is central. States’ mutual interactions – conflicting cooperative and collusive – and the international order they create are understood in terms of the character of national economies, their contradictions, and the international possibilities and imperatives they generate. Geopolitical economy as an approach to the world order is clearly anticipated in classical political economy up to and including Marx and Engels, though this becomes clearest if we take a fresh look at it untainted by neoclassical economics and associated discourses of neoliberalism, globalization and hegemony. Further intellectual resources for geopolitical economy include the classical theories of imperialism, the theory of uneven and combined development as well as 20th century critics of neoclassical economics such as Keynes, Kalecki, Polanyi, Minsky and the developmental state tradition going back to List and Serra and forward to Amsden and Wade.

Papers that investigate any aspect of the world order, its theories or its historiography – whether contemporary or historical – in a way that relates to geopolitical economy as described above, or poses important objections to it, are welcome for consideration.

A non-exhaustive list of potential themes would include: 

  • The international relations of early capitalism
  • Capitalism, imperialism and imperialist competition
  • Capitalism and the state
  • Combined development, capitalist and non-capitalist
  • Wars in Uneven and Combined development
  • International economic governance
  • International relations and international political economy theories in light of geopolitical economy
  • Development theory, the demand for a NIEO and the ‘rise of the rest’
  • The BRICs and emerging economies as combined development
  • Challenges to states’ economic roles: sources, strengths, implications for geopolitical economy

Proposals should be sent to Radhika.Desai@umanitoba.ca by 1 October 2014

Proposal Acceptances will be sent out by 15 October 2014.

Papers will be due by 1 December 2014. 

Radhika Desai
Department of Political Studies
527 Fletcher Argue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB
R3T 2N2

Midwest Political Science Association’s (MPSA) 73rd Annual Conference

Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, United States
16 April, 2015 - 19 April, 2015
Application Deadline: 3 October, 2014
Contact: conf@mpsanet.org

Complete Panel Deadline: September 26, 2014
Paper and Roundtable Deadline: October 3, 2014
Contact: conf@mpsanet.org

Proposals are invited for sessions in seven different formats: panels, posters, roundtables, Junior Scholar Symposium, Empire Series, working group and open discussions. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines page at http://mpsanet.org/Conference/MPSA2015Conference/SubmissionGuidelines/tabid/561/Default.aspx

Program participants are not required to be MPSA members, though all participating presenters are required to register for the conference and MPSA members receive significant registration discounts. After completing the formal proposal submission process, submitters will be invited to indicate interest in a variety of networking experiences taking place at the conference.

Proposals must be submitted electronically with complete information on co-authors and presentation details by October 3, 2014. Questions about the content of proposals should be directed to the Program Committee Co-Chairs or section heads. Questions about policies, presentation formats, and the electronic submissions process should be directed to MPSA staff at conf@mpsanet.org.