This book advances an ecologically grounded approach to International Political Economy (IPE). Katz-Rosene and Paterson address a lacuna in the literature by exploring the question of how thinking ecologically transforms our understanding of what IPE is and should be.
The volume shows the ways in which socio-ecological processes are integral to the themes treated by students and scholars of IPE – trade, finance, production, interstate competition, globalisation, inequalities, and the governance of all these, notably – and further that taking the ecological dimensions of these processes seriously transforms our understanding of them. Global capitalism has always been premised on the extraction, transformation and movement of what have become known as ‘natural resources’. The authors provide a synthesis of ecological arguments regarding IPE and weave them into an overall approach to be usable by others in the field. This synthesis draws on basic ecological political ideas such as limits to growth and environmental justice, ideas in ecological economics, practices of ecological movements in the global economy, as well as key ideas from other political economic traditions relevant for developing an ecological approach.
Providing a broad and critical introduction to international political economy from a distinctly ecological perspective, this work will be a valuable resource for students and scholars alike.
Introduction Chapter 1. Unsustainability as a problem of political economy Chapter 2. Ecological materialities of the global economy Chapter 3. Imperial ecologies Chapter 4. Ecological contestations of the global economy Chapter 5. Neoliberal ecologies Chapter 6. Ecological transformations and co-optations Conclusion
"Thinking Ecologically about the Global Political Economy offers a fresh and long overdue perspective on the dynamic interrelationship between socio-ecological processes and the global political economy. Starting from a distinctly ecological perspective, Katz-Rosene and Paterson reinterpret the field of international political economy to reveal new insights that enrich our understanding of human-environment interactions. In doing so, they demonstrate the ways in which the ecological and the political-economic are inseparably linked." - Jennifer Clapp, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability, University of Waterloo
"Katz-Rosene and Paterson call for nothing less than the theoretical retooling of IPE. Their move from ‘IPE and the Environment’ to ‘Global Ecological IPE’ is momentous. It shows not only how socio-economic processes are continually reshaping ecological processes (in mostly harmful and unjust ways thus far) but also how ecological processes are transforming the global economy. Never again can ecology be considered an afterthought or subfield of IPE. It is now central." - Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne, Australia.