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.
"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.
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
For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.
The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:
James Brassett – Warwick
Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School
Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s