Foundations & Frontiers in International Political Economy

Foundations and Frontiers in IPE promotes engagement with classic and up to date literature in IPE.

Welcome to the home page of the Foundations of International Political Economy project.

This is a British Academy/Leverhulme funded project that focuses on the construction of International Political Economy as an academic discipline. The website will be the main depository for a digital talking histories archive that we hope will provide insights into the foundation and early debates in International Political Economy that go beyond those accessible through existing published literature.

The discipline of International Political Economy is usually thought to have originated in the early 1970s as a departure from International Relations and Economics as neither discipline was able to fully comprehend key changes in the global economy, such as the break from Dollar-Gold convertibility and the end of the Bretton Woods system. Scholars who were part of in the vanguard of the new discipline in the 1970s and 80s are now reaching the end of their careers, are in retirement or in some cases have already passed away.

We hope that it will be of use to both academic researchers in International Political Economy and as an open educational resource.