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The Contested World Economy: The Deep and Global Roots of International Political Economy

October 17, 2023 at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Location:A602 Loeb Building

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Eric Helleiner
University of Waterloo

When international political economists discuss the pre-1945 roots of their field, they typically focus on European and American thinkers who pioneered the three perspectives of economic liberalism (e.g. Smith, Ricardo), neomercantilism (e.g. Hamilton, List), and Marxism (e.g. Marx, Lenin). But debates about IPE issues between late 18th century and 1945 were much more global than this, involving prominent thinkers from all parts of the world. They also included many more perspectives, including those focusing on wider topics such as environmental degradation, gender inequality, racial discrimination, religious worldviews, civilizational values, national self-sufficiency, and varieties of economic regionalism. Drawing on his new book The Contested World Economy (Cambridge 2023), Helleiner highlights this rich diversity of pre-1945 thought about the world economy and the need to globalize and widen IPE’s deep history.

Bio: Eric Helleiner is Professor and University Research Chair in the Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. His most recent books include The Forgotten Foundations of Bretton Woods: International Development and the Making of the Postwar Order (2014), The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance After the 2008 Meltdown (2014), The Neomercantilists: A Global Intellectual History (Cornell, 2021) and The Contested World Economy (Cambridge, 2023).