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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production

Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series

Edited by Kees van der Pijl

This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art overview of the changing world of global production. Chapters cover the geography of why and where jobs are moving in both manufacturing and services. The authors discuss topics relating to the human and natural basis on which production rests, from the consequences of exploitation and marginalization on body and mind, to sex work, biotechnology, and the prospects for ecological re-balancing. This Handbook will appeal to academics at all levels interested in political economy, international studies and politics, as well as trade unionists and NGO activists.

Introduction: the world of production and political economy

Kees van der Pijl

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, politics and public policy, political economy, social policy and sociology, labour policy


This volume provides a comprehensive overview of research, key concepts and debates on the international political economy (IPE) of production. It adopts an expansive approach to the topic, encompassing research that would not immediately be recognized by conventional definitions of the research area. Only thus can it cover key aspects of production as the transformation and exploitation of nature, the most fundamental and universal of human practices. This understanding of production necessarily includes the exploitation of the natural substratum of humanity itself.