In lieu of updating the ‘About’ page, this blog will focus on topics relating to international and comparative political economy. The aim is to emphasize the policy implications of ongoing research and to provide a research-informed perspective to current events as they unfold.¹
International political economy (IPE) explores the inter-relationships between politics and economics, with a particular emphasis into the ways in which institutions – both formal and informal – influence actors’ behaviors. IPE also examines the redistributional impacts of transnational economic flows and the consequences for politics and policy. As a discipline, it straddles the fields of economics and political science, as well as borrowing from others.
Traditionally, IPE has focused on international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), and monetary policy. Over the past few years, research has increasingly expanded to portfolio investment, international migration, systemic risk, the environment, offshore outsourcing, and a number of other topics.
(1) The former goal is too frequently ignored in academic publications, while the latter is too often rendered a moot point by the length of the peer-review process. In economics, where there are high quality working-paper distribution networks and short-form/policy-oriented journals, but in international relations and political science, these outlets are still lacking.