Making sense of today's international economic and political system is one of the most challenging tasks facing scholars, citizens and decision makers. Making the International is an innovative introductory text that enables the reader to develop a confident grasp of political and economic analysis. Focusing on core skills and concepts, the book analyses key ideas in an integrated and cumulative way -- an approach that will enable the reader to formulate their own critical standpoint about how the international system is made and in whose name it operates. Making the International is genuinely international in its coverage -- contributors from India, Mexico and Africa offer their perspectives alongside others from the USA and the European Union. The book is divided into five main sections: Trade and states compares the WTO's argument for the free market with the realities of developed and developing countries' experience. Making state policy looks at how states manoeuvre within the constraints of the international trading system and at the resulting policies of industrialization, national development and liberalization.
Inequality and power investigates the impact of policies of liberalized trade and investment, and the patterns of inequality within developing countries. Autonomy, sovereignty and macroeconomic policy examines the ability of states to pursue national policies of macroeconomic management in a highly internationalized political economy. International collective action uses prominent examples of the successes and failures of states to achieve collective action - especially related to global climate change - and how collective action could be developed in the future.
Dr Simon Bromley is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. He is the author of American Hegemony and World Oil (Polity Press, 1990) and Rethinking Middle East Politics (Polity Press, 1993). He has recently contributed to and edited Governing the European Union (Sage, 2001). Professor Maureen Mackintosh is Professor of Economics at The Open University. Dr William Brown is Lecturer in Government and Politics at The Open University. He is author of The European Union and Africa: the restructuring of north-south relations (I.B. Tauris, 2001). Professor Marc Wuyts is Professor in Quantitative Applied Economics at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.
Book 1 Making the International: Economic Interdependence and Political Order Chapter 1 Economic interdependence and political order: introducing international political economy (Simon Bromley, Maureen Mackintosh, William Brown and Marc Wuyts) Part 1 Trade and states Chapter 2 Playing by the rules? Developing countries in the world trade regime (Aditya Bhattacharjea) Chapter 3 Gaining from trade? (Maureen Mackintosh) Chapter 4 Who makes the rules? The politics of developing country participation and influence in the WTO (Amrita Narlika) Chapter 5 International politics: states, anarchy and governance (Simon Bromley) Part 2 Making state policy Chapter 6 The politics of liberalization in India (Sudipta Kaviraj) Chapter 7 Trade policy, industrialization and growth in India (Suma Athreye) Part 3 Inequality and power Chapter 8 Labour and free trade: Mexico within NAFTA (Carlos Salas Paez and George Callaghan) Chapter 9 Power among states: Mexico's membership of NAFTA (Rafael Sanchez) Part 4 Autonomy, sovereignty and macroeconomic policy Chapter 10 Can Africa have developmental states? (Thandika Mkandawire) Chapter 11 Macroeconomic policy and trade integration: Tanzania in the world economy (Marc Wuyts) Chapter 12 The politics of autonomy and sovereignty: Tanzania's aid relationship (Samuel Wangwe) Part 5 International collective action Chapter 13 The collective action problem (Judith Mehta and Rathin Roy) Chapter 14 Global warming, the USA and the failure of collective action (William Brown) Chapter 15 International political economy and making the international (Simon Bromley, Maureen Mackintosh, William Brown and Marc Wuyts)