Hostname: page-component-7d684dbfc8-8ckrc Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2023-09-30T07:20:44.227Z Has data issue: false Feature Flags: { "corePageComponentGetUserInfoFromSharedSession": true, "coreDisableEcommerce": false, "coreDisableSocialShare": false, "coreDisableEcommerceForArticlePurchase": false, "coreDisableEcommerceForBookPurchase": false, "coreDisableEcommerceForElementPurchase": false, "coreUseNewShare": true, "useRatesEcommerce": true } hasContentIssue false

Teaching Political Economy in Political Science: A Review of International and Comparative Political Economy Syllabi

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 November 2006

Darel E. Paul
Williams College, Williamstown, MA (E-mail:


Prior to the 1970s, political science for the most part happily ignored questions of production, exchange, consumption, and investment. The new prominence of Marxist and neo-Marxist scholarship in that decade as well as the transformation of many institutions, trends and premises of the post-World War II order (including the collapse of Bretton Woods, the rise of OPEC and Third World liberation movements, the advent of détente, and the first global recession since the Great Depression) ushered many innovative themes and methodologies into our discipline. Political economy was the most direct result of both these trends, taking its place as one of the first of a wave of “inter-” or “multidisciplinary” fields of study.Darel E. Paul is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College, Williamstown, MA ( He is the author of Rescaling International Political Economy: Subnational States and the Regulation of the Global Political Economy (Routledge, 2005) as well as of several articles on cities in the contemporary global political economy.

2006 American Political Science Association

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)


Balaam, David N., and Michael Veseth. 2004. Introduction to International Political Economy, 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Broad, Robin, John Cavanaugh, and Walden Bello. 1990–91. Development: The market is not enough. Foreign Policy 81: 14462.Google Scholar
Frieden, Jeffrey A., and David A. Lake, eds. 2000. International Political Economy, 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth.
Frieden, Jeffry, and Lisa L. Martin. 2002. International political economy: The state of the sub-discipline. Political Economist: Newsletter of the Section on Political Economy, American Political Science Association 10 (2): 18.Google Scholar
Gilpin, Robert. 2001. Global Political Economy: Understanding the International Economic Order. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Hall, Peter A., and David Soskice, eds. 2001. Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage. New York: Oxford University Press.
Katzenstein, Peter J., Robert O. Keohane, and Stephen D. Krasner. 1998. International Organization and the study of world politics. International Organization 52 (4): 64585.Google Scholar
Keohane, Robert O.1984. After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Kurzer, Paulette. 2003. Studying democracy and teaching classics: What is happening in the field of comparative politics? Perspectives on Politics 1 (2): 37378.Google Scholar
Murphy, Craig N., and Douglas R. Nelson. 2001. International political economy: A tale of two heterodoxies. British Journal of Politics and International Relations 3 (3): 393412.Google Scholar
Oatley, Thomas. 2006. International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, 2d ed. New York: Longman.
Rogowski, Ronald. 1989. Commerce and Coalitions: How Trade Affects Domestic Political Alignments. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Strange, Susan, ed. 1984. Paths to International Political Economy. London: Allen & Unwin.
Tucker, Robert C., ed. 1978. The Marx-Engels Reader, 2d ed. New York: W. W. Norton.
Veseth, Michael. 2002. International political economy. In UNESCO, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, International Relations. Oxford, UK [].