1st Edition

Geoeconomics in International Relations Neorealist and Neoliberal Conceptualizations

By Christian Pfeiffer Copyright 2024
    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the concept of geoeconomics in International Relations (IR). It offers an accessible overview of the most important approaches, including their history, means and ends, methodology, ideological underpinnings, normative aspects, and practical relevance.

    Exploring the forgotten history of geoeconomics, and revealing its different meanings and usages over time, the author clearly differentiates geoeconomics from geopolitics on a conceptual level. This thorough examination of contemporary conceptions identifies shortcomings in the current understanding of geoeconomics and proposes a reconceptualization of the concept within a neoliberal framework, increasing its empirical usefulness and analytical value. By contrasting neoliberal geoeconomics with neorealist geoeconomics, the book highlights the normative implications of both approaches, providing policy analysts and makers with valuable insights into the topic.

    This volume will be an important reference guide for understanding the concept of geoeconomics and a must-read for students and researchers of international relations, international political economy, economics, and political science, as well as professionals, such as policymakers and politicians.


    Mikael Wigell

    1. Introduction to Geoeconomics

    2. Forgotten History of Geoeconomics

    3. Contemporary Conceptions of Geoeconomics

    4. Shortcomings of Contemporary Conceptions of Geoeconomics

    5. Methodological Aspects of Geoeconomics

    6. Means-End Relationship in Geoeconomics

    7. Means of Geoeconomics

    8. Ends of Geoeconomics

    9. Extension of Geoeconomics

    10. Label of Geoeconomics

    11. Normative Aspects and Practical Relevance of Geoeconomics

    12. Conclusion


    Christian Pfeiffer holds a PhD in International Affairs and Political Economy from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland. He has a background in Public Affairs and is currently Deputy Director of a future-oriented think tank.