Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production
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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production

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.
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Chapter 2: Rethinking production, finance and hegemonic decline in IPE

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin


IPE as a field in the academic International Relations discipline was born at a time when the breakdown of Bretton Woods and the growth of economic nationalism in the third world appeared to signal not only the downfall of the dollar but also the erosion of US hegemony. It indeed took a whole decade to realign the balance of class forces both domestically and internationally so as to exit the crisis of the 1970s in a way that, in contrast to the 1930s, accelerated the globalizing dynamic of capitalism, and did so, moreover, under continuing US leadership. This occurred as the process of market liberalization to promote greater economic competition was beginning to be registered, aided by the US Treasury’s efforts in particular (including the creation of the G7 as ‘a vehicle for providing support and endorsement for US-generated initiatives and ideas’) to sustain and develop a common purpose and solidarity along these lines (Baker 2006: 11, 26). And this would soon be followed by the Treasury’s no less successful efforts in turning back the challenge of third world economic nationalism.

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