The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.
Chapter 12: International Political Economy
Just as the subfield of political sociology can be traced to the return of state-centric social science from the late 1960s onwards, the formation of international political economy (IPE) as a distinct field of study is also quite recent. As an analytical category, however, political economy has long been unstable. From William Petty to Adam Smith, 17th- and 18th-century political economy proffered a new science intended for the legislator to increase the fiscal resources of the state. Karl Marx subsequently published Volume One of Capital with the disapproving subtitle, ‘A Critique of Political Economy'. By the late 19th century, the term was associated with the German historical ...