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Historical International Political Economy

Morrison, James ORCID: 0000-0001-7188-4374 (2021) Historical International Political Economy. In: Pevehouse, Jon C. W. and Seabrooke, Leonard, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of International Political Economy. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198793519

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Identification Number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198793519.013.48


The field of International Political Economy (IPE) is steeped in history; and most IPE scholarship today remains historical in a broad sense. Yet, IPE scholars have never been more diverse in their modes of engagement with history, in the influence they ascribe to the weight of history, or in their beliefs about the potential for human progress. This chapter analyzes each of these developments. First, it considers the field’s major modes of engaging history: holistic, comparative, and deep. This includes the use of both old and new historical methods, techniques, and approaches. The chapter then surveys the broad range of views scholars take on the influence of the past on subsequent outcomes, from accounts of strong path dependency to those of perennial change. Last, this chapter discusses the evergreen debates about whether, and how, studying the past can lead to our emancipation from it. Throughout, the chapter highlights opportunities for more “constructive engagement” across distinct bodies of scholarship.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2021 Oxford University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2024 08:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:02

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