Globalisation Studies and the Developing World: Making International Political Economy Truly Global

Ian Christopher Taylor

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For all the rhetoric surrounding globalisation, its meaning remains both vague and elusive and symbolises a host of different things to different people. In the main, however, most studies are marked by a restricted theoretical and empirical base, which precludes such studies from being truly global. They are generally predicated on selected examples from the core, with an occasional nod in the direction of experiences outside the familiar. While there are sporadic references to Asia and Latin America (invariably in the context of collapsing currencies and capital flight) there is almost no mention at all of Africa, South Asia, the Pacific region or Central Asia. That this neglect impoverishes the discipline of International Political Economy (IPE) is self-evident. It is argued that an IPE that is comparative by nature and takes into account the multivariegated nature by which globalisation affects the global political economy, in particular recognising that the developing world has been, to a large extent, left out of the debate, is required if we are to make IPE truly global in scope.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1025-1042
Number of pages18
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005




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