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  1. General Reading 84 items
    1. Suggested for Purchase 2 items
      If you are considering buying a book to support your work on the module then the two most up to date books are:
      1. Global political economy - John Ravenhill 2014

        Book Suggested for student purchase The previous edition (2011) is also acceptable.

      2. Global political economy: evolution and dynamics - Robert O'Brien, Marc Williams 2016

        Book Suggested for student purchase This is the very latest edition of this valuable introductory text, which is available for you to access from the Library as an ebook. Purchasing the paper edition of this, in either its 2016 or 2013 versions is recommended.

    2. Other leading textbooks 10 items
      1. Introduction to international political economy - Balaam, David N., Veseth, Michael, University of Puget Sound c2008

        Book Recommended

      2. Global shift: mapping the changing contours of the world economy - Peter Dicken 2015

        Book Recommended

      3. The global political economy: perspectives, problems, and policies - Gill, Stephen, 1950-, Law, David 1988

        Book Background

      4. The political economy of international relations - Gilpin, Robert George, Gilpin, Jean M. 1987

        Book Background

      5. Global political economy: understanding the international economic order - Gilpin, Robert George, Gilpin, Jean M. c2001

        Book Recommended

      6. The politics of international economic relations - Spero, Joan Edelman 1992

        Book Background

      7. States and markets - Strange, Susan 1994

        Book Recommended

      8. Political economy and the changing global order - Stubbs, Richard, Underhill, Geoffrey R. D. 2006

        Book Background

      9. Analyzing the global political economy - Andrew Walter, Gautam Sen c2009

        Book Recommended

    3. Reports on Global Economy 35 items
      1. Global Monitoring Report

        Webpage Background A very useful source, especially if you are interested in the politics of development in the Global South

      2. The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2015 | World Economic Forum - The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2015

        Webpage Recommended If you want to think about the distribution of the dividends of economic growth, and what they might mean politically for an inclusive society, this is a good place to start.

      3. Global Monitoring Report

        Webpage Recommended The World Bank and IMF here provide an annual evaluation of global development.

      4. The Global Risks Report 2016 | World Economic Forum

        Webpage Recommended Each year leaders of the world's most important economies and corporate interests meet in Davos, Switzerland. This report often provides the backdrop to their discussions.

      5. WTO | World Trade Report

        Webpage Recommended Annual reports on world trade and trade policy from the most important institution governing global trade.

      6. WTO | World Trade Statistical Review 2016

        Webpage Recommended A very important annual compilation of statistics on world trade from the World Trade Organization.

      7. unctad.org | Trade and Development Report Series

        Webpage Recommended A key United Nations institution provides an annual report and perspective on the relationship between trade and development, and an alternative political perspective to that of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

      8. unctad.org | World Investment Report

        Webpage Recommended Annual report from the United Nations on the pattern of world investment, in both the Global North and the Global South.

      9. unctad.org | World Investment Report

        Webpage Recommended The United Nations provides an annual report on the pattern of investment in the global economy.

      10. unctad.org | World Investment Report 2017

        Webpage Recommended If you want to find about the pattern of investment in the global economy, both in the Global North and Global South, this is what you need.

      11. unctad.org | The Least Developed Countries Report

        Webpage Recommended If your interest is in the performance of some of the poorest economies in the world, this report will provide you with a comprehensive analysis.

      12. unctad.org | Economic Development in Africa series

        Webpage Recommended If your particular interest is how Africa is performing in the global economy, this is a good starting point.

      13. World Economic Outlook

        Webpage Essential A key barometer of the performance of the global economy.

      14. Global Financial Stability Report

        Webpage Essential A very influential twice yearly report on the stability of global financial markets.

      15. Fiscal Monitor

        Webpage Recommended The International Monetary Fund monitors the fiscal performance (public spending and tax revenue) of individual national economies.

      16. WDR Reports

        Webpage Recommended An annual report from the World Bank which charts and analyses key elements of the development of the world economy and individual national economies.

      17. Global Economic Prospects

        Webpage Recommended Twice a year, the World Bank provides its forecast for global economic performance.

      18. Doing Business - Measuring Business Regulations - World Bank Group

        Website Background The World Bank provides an annual report on the regulations governing the world economy and how they promote or impede the conduct of business.

      19. Economic outlook, analysis and forecasts - OECD

        Webpage Recommended The Paris-based think tank which operates on behalf of leading developed economies provides regular analysis and forecasts about the performance of leading national economies in the global economy.

      20. The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018 | World Economic Forum

        Webpage Essential A most influential annual report on the performance of national economies in the global economy.

      21. The Global Risks Report 2017 | World Economic Forum

        Webpage Recommended A key report which attempts to identify and assess the risks confronting the global economy.

      22. Global Estimates of Child Labour: Results and trends, 2012-2016

        Article Recommended A report charting the scale of child labour in the world economy.

      23. Global Wage Report

        Article Recommended As its title suggests, this report will give you an insight into trends in pay in the global economy.

      24. Global Slavery Index - 45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today

        Website Recommended A highly influential report, but one whose methodology for calculating the scale of modern slavery in the global economy, has been challenged.

      25. New value creators | UBS Billionaires insights

        Webpage Recommended This report gives a concise summary of the sheer scale of wealth at the very top of the world economy.

      26. UBS E-Paper

        Webpage Recommended This analysis helps to explain why wealth continues to flood upwards, as opposed to trickling down, in the global economy.

    4. Think Tanks Which Monitor The Global Economy 12 items
      1. OECD.org - OECD

        Website  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is effectively a think tank for the world's leading industrialized economies.

      2. Inequality.org | News, Analysis & Facts on Economic Inequality

        Website  If your interest is inequality in the world economy, this is a very useful clearing house for developments, especially in relation to the United States.

      3. Center For Global Development |

        Website  The Centre for Global Development produces up-to-date analysis of developments in the global economy.

      4. Transnational Institute | ideas into movement

        Webpage  Left leaning think tank which produces a very useful annual report on corporate power.

      5. The Brookings Institution

        Website  Valuable commentary on the United States and global economies.

      6. The American Enterprise Institute - Google Search

        Webpage  A Right leaning think tank which supports the 'free' market.

      7. Welcome to Third World Network (TWN)

        Website  Excellent coverage of issues such as trade, sustainability, the financial crisis, but from a developing economy perspective.

      8. Bretton Woods Project - Critical voices on the World Bank and IMF

        Website  Excellent analysis of developments at the World Bank and IMF.

      9. Bank Information Center

        Website  Extensive analysis of developments at the World Bank

      10. Institute for New Economic Thinking

        Website Recommended As its name suggests, this organization is attempting to challenge some of the terms of the debate about the contemporary global economy.

      11. Peterson Institute for International Economics

        Website Recommended One of the world's most important academic think tanks on the politics of the global economy.

      12. Publications | Bruegel

        Webpage Recommended Brussels-based commentator on developments in the European Union and world economies.

    5. Blogs and Bloggers on The Politics of The World Economy 8 items
      1. Project Syndicate - the Smartest Op-Ed Articles from the World's Thought Leaders

        Website Essential Essential resource for keeping in touch with the very latest commentary on developments in the politics of the world economy.

      2. Joseph E. Stiglitz

        Webpage Recommended Commentary by a Nobel Prize winning economist, and one of the world's most influential commentators.

      3. Naomi Klein

        Webpage Recommended One of the world's most influential commentators, especially on issues relating to climate change.

      4. mainly macro

        Website Recommended Winner of the 2016 New Statesman/SPERI Prize for Political Economy. Makes sense of economics for non-economists.

      5. Jeffrey Sachs

        Website Recommended Among the world's most influential commentators.

      6. Tax Research UK » Richard Murphy

        Webpage  Former adviser to Jeremy Corbyn. Expert analysis of developments in tax policy.

      7. Globalization | PIIE

        Webpage Recommended The Peterson Institute's blog on globalization. Some lively commentary and opinion here.

    6. Media Coverage of Developments in The Global Eonomy 5 items
      1. Global economy | Business | The Guardian

        Webpage Recommended Extensive coverage and analysis of developments in the global economy.

      2. Economy - BBC News

        Webpage Essential The BBC's analysis of developments in the economy.

      3. global economy - latest news, breaking stories and comment - The Independent

        Webpage Recommended The Independent's perspective on the global economy

      4. The Telegraph Economy: Latest UK & global news

        Webpage Recommended The Telegraph's perspective. You may be limited to viewing a certain number of articles each week.

    7. Journals 8 items
      1. New political economy c1996- (electronic resource)

        Journal Essential The latest academic thinking and research about political economy-the relationship between politics and economic, and states and markets.

      2. Review of international political economy 1994- (electronic resource)

        Journal Essential The latest academic thinking and research about international and global political economy.

      3. World development (electronic resource)

        Journal Background Important source of academic and policy-based research about development.

      4. International organization (electronic resource)

        Journal Background As its title implies, an important source in the study of institutions which shape global politics.

      5. Foreign affairs - Coolidge, Archibald Cary, Armstrong, Hamilton Fish, Council on Foreign Relations (electronic resource)

        Journal Background Useful contextual information, with the occasional gem of an article.

      6. Foreign policy - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, National Affairs, inc 1971- (electronic resource)

        Journal Background Useful contextual analysis of developments in world politics.

      7. Review of international studies - British International Studies Association 1981- (electronic resource)

        Journal Recommended Valuable articles on developments in international relations.

      8. Global governance: a review of multilateralism and international organizations 1995- (electronic resource)

        Journal Background As the name implies, of use when studying developments in global governance.

    8. Global political economy: evolution and dynamics - Robert O'Brien, Marc Williams 2016

      Book Essential This is the latest edition of a valuable introductory text.

    9. Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy - Dani Rodrik 9 Oct. 2017

      Book Essential One of the most important economists in the world gives his analysis of contemporary trade and trade policy.

    10. The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power - Niall Ferguson 5 Oct. 2017

      Book Recommended A new analysis of power in the global economy from one of the world's most influential historians.

    11. The Limits of the Market: The Pendulum Between Government and Market 22 Dec. 2016

      Webpage Recommended An influential recent text on the relationship between government and the market, and politics and economics

  2. Tutorial 1: What are the most important issues confronting the world economy? 36 items
    1. Essential Reading 3 items
    2. Supplementary Reading 24 items
      1. Globalization and its New Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz - Project Syndicate

        Webpage Essential Do you agree with the Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz that the real crisis today in politcs is one relating to globalization and its impacts?

      2. Tackling Inequality Vital to Ending Extreme Poverty by 2030

        Webpage Recommended Do you agree with the World Bank that tackling inequality is one of the most important issues to be tackled?

      3. Global shift: mapping the changing contours of the world economy - Peter Dicken 2015

        Book Recommended Pleaase read Chapter 2

      4. The globalisation of economic activity - Jonathan Perraton, David Goldblatt, David Held, Anthony Mcgrew 07/1997

        Article Recommended

      5. The United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects

        Article  Here we see how the United Nations views the prospects for the world economy. Do you think the UN is too optimistic or too pessimistic?

    3. The Money Formula - Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science, and How Mathematicians Took Over the Markets - David Orrell 7 April 2017

      Book Recommended Gives a real world insight into how today's world economy got into so much financial difficulty.

    4. Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane Economy

      Book Essential One of the world's most important political economists outlines an agenda with ramifications well beyond the political economy of trade.

    5. Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought - Andrew W. Lo 24 April 2017

      Book Recommended This is an important critique of the efficient markets hypothesis which has been widely applied to major markets in the world economy, including financial markets.

    6. Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy - Jonathan Haskel 7 Nov. 2017

      Book Recommended An important analysis of the rise of the intangible economy in today's global economy.

    7. Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy - Jonathan Haskel 7 Nov. 2017

      Book Recommended An important analysis of the rise of the intangible economy globally.

    8. Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought - Andrew W. Lo 24 April 2017

      Book Recommended An influential analysis of global markets.

    9. Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy - Dani Rodrik 9 Oct. 2017

      Book Essential One of the world's leading commentators on the global economy presents his analysis of recent developments, and the way forward.

    10. India's long road: the search for prosperity - Vijay Joshi 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential A key analysis of the challenges confronting one of the major economies of the twenty first century, and a rising power in the global economy.

  3. Tutorial 2: What should be the relationship between politics and the world economy? 24 items
    1. The limits of the market: the pendulum between government and market - Paul de Grauwe, Anna Asbury 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    2. The strange non-death of neo-liberalism - Colin Crouch 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    3. International Economics and International Politics: A Framework for Analysis - C. Fred Bergsten, Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye 1975

      Article Recommended

    4. The econocracy: the perils of leaving economics to the experts - Joe Earle, Cahal Moran, Zach Ward-Perkins 2017

      Book Recommended

    5. Debunking economics: the naked emperor dethroned? - Steve Keen 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    6. This changes everything: capitalism vs. the climate - Naomi Klein 2015

      Book Recommended

    7. PostCapitalism: a guide to our future - Paul Mason 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    8. Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist - Kate Raworth 2017

      Book Recommended

    9. One economics, many recipes: globalization, institutions, and economic growth - Dani Rodrik c2007

      Book Recommended

    10. The Moral Economists: R. H. Tawney, Karl Polanyi, E. P. Thompson, and the Critique of Capitalism 18 Dec. 2017

      Book Recommended A very important analysis of the relationship between morality and economics.

    11. The demise of the nation state | News | The Guardian

      Webpage Recommended A useful essay questioning the viability of the nation state.

    12. The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today 15 Mar. 2018

      Book Recommended A very useful summary of some of the most important ideas historically which have shaped the relationship between politics and economics.

    13. Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work 1 Feb. 2018

      Book Essential A really important new text on the relationship between the state and the market

  4. Tutorial 3: Who should govern the world economy? 7 items
    1. The econocracy: the perils of leaving economics to the experts - Joe Earle, Cahal Moran, Zach Ward-Perkins 2017

      Book Essential

    2. The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It 5 Mar. 2018

      Book Essential This important new work addresses some key questions about the relationship between democracy and the contemporary world economy.

    3. The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War - Benn Steil 8 Mar. 2018

      Book Essential A key source for understanding how the governance of the world economy was shaped at the end of the Second World War.

  5. Tutorial 4: What, if anything, should governments do to foster growth in the world economy? 5 items
    1. Why nations fail: the origins of power, prosperity and poverty - James A. Robinson, Daron Acemoglu 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    2. OECD GROWTH OUTLOOK FOR 2018

      Document Background The OECD's growth forecasts for 2018 and beyond.

    3. The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations - David Pilling 25 Jan. 2018

      Book Recommended A really important counter to the fixation with delivering ever higher rates of economic growth.

  6. Tutorial 5: Can we trust politicians and bankers to look after our money? 4 items
  7. Tutorial 6: Has austerity been the correct answer to rising government borrowing and public debt? 29 items
    1. Essential Reading 7 items
      1. The World Trade Organization: a very short introduction - Narlikar, Amrita 2005

        Book Essential

      2. Global political economy - John Ravenhill 2014

        Book Essential Please read chapter 5

      3. WHAT DO TRADE AGREEMENTS REALLY DO? 2018 PAPER BY DANI RODRIK

        Document Essential This is an important contribution to the debates about free trade and trade policy.

    2. Supplementary Reading 19 items
      1. Understanding the world economy - Tony Cleaver 2013

        Book Recommended Please read chapters 4-6

      2. Trade politics - Hocking, Brian, McGuire, Steven 2004

        Book Recommended Chapters 1, 7, 9, 11, 18 & 19

      3. The WTO after Hong Kong: progress in, and prospects for, the Doha Development Agenda - Lee, Donna, Wilkinson, Rorden 2007

        Book Recommended

      4. The competitive advantage of nations - Porter, Michael E. 1989

        Book Background

      5. The evolution of the trade regime: politics, law, and economics of the GATT and the WTO - Barton, John H. c2006

        Book Background

      6. Global political economy: evolution and dynamics - Robert O'Brien, Marc Williams 2013

        Book Recommended Please read chapter 6

      7. The WTO: crisis and the governance of global trade - Wilkinson, Rorden 2006

        Book Recommended

      8. Fair trade for all: how trade can promote development - Stiglitz, Joseph E., Charlton, Andrew 2005

        Book Recommended

      9. The World Trade Organization: law, economics, and politics - Hoekman, Bernard M., Mavroidis, Petros C. 2007

        Book Background

      10. The Evolution of the Global Trade Regime - G.R. Winham

        Chapter Recommended

      11. Understanding developing country resistance to the Doha Round - Kevin P. Gallagher 13/12/2007

        Article Recommended

      12. THE CASE FOR UNILATERAL FREE TRADE POLICY EXCHANGE 2018

        Document Recommended A useful example of the case for global free trade, and for the United Kingdom to become a global champion of it.

    3. Tutorial 7: What, if anything, should be done to prevent another global financial crisis? 3 items
  8. Tutorial 8: Does Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ trade policy signal a return to protectionism in the world economy? 33 items
    1. Essential Reading 8 items
      1. Global political economy: evolution and dynamics - Robert O'Brien, Marc Williams 2013

        Book Essential Please read chapter 7

      2. Global political economy - John Ravenhill 2014

        Book Essential Please read chapter 11

      3. The World Trade Organization and The Future of Multilateralism - Carmen M. Reinhart and Christoph Trebesch Barry Eichengreen and Ngaire Woods Michael A. Clemens and Michael Kremer Martin Ravallion Richard Baldwin Thomas Covert, Michael Greenstone and Christopher R. Knittel Christiane Baumeister and Lutz Kilian Anthony J. Venables Xavier Gabaix Lawrence F. Katz Dotan Leshem Timothy Taylor Simeon Djankov

        Journal Essential

      4. The World Trade Organization: a very short introduction - Amrita Narlikar 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      5. Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy - Dani Rodrik 9 Oct. 2017

        Book Essential The latest thinking from one of the world's most important and influential commentators upon the politics of trade

      6. Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy - Dani Rodrik 9 Oct. 2017

        Book Essential An important contribution to the politics of trade from one of the world's most influential commentators.

    2. Supplementary Reading 21 items
      1. Understanding the world economy - Tony Cleaver 2013

        Book Recommended Please read chapter 2

      2. How markets fail: the logic of economic calamities - Cassidy, John 2009

        Book 

      3. An anti-capitalist manifesto - Callinicos, Alex 2003

        Book 

      4. False dawn: the delusions of global capitalism - Gray, John 2002

        Book 

      5. Capitalism and freedom - Friedman, Milton, Friedman, Rose D. 1962

        Book 

      6. The competitive advantage of nations - Porter, Michael E. 1989

        Book 

    3. Trump’s Trade War - Project Syndicate

      Webpage Essential Some leading commentaries on the Trump Administration's trade policies

    4. TRADE POLICY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP IMPLICATIONS FOR THE USE AND THE WORLD

      Document Recommended A comprehensive analysis of trade policy under Trump.

  9. Tutorial 9: Do transnational corporations wield too much power in the world economy? 14 items
    1. The strange non-death of neo-liberalism - Colin Crouch 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    2. TNC SWEETHEART DEALS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION

      Document Recommended An important study of the relationship between TNCs and the European Union

    3. States versus Corporations: Rethinking the Power of Business in International Politics - Milan Babic, Jan Fichtner, Eelke M. Heemskerk 02/10/2017

      Article Recommended A very useful review of the literature on states versus corporations.

    4. TNCs as Drivers and Targets of Change Duncan Green

      Webpage Recommended A book chapter by an influential commentator on the political economy of poverty and development.

    5. WORLD'S MOST VALUABLE BRANDS 2018

      Document Recommended An up to date listing of the world's most valuable brands.

    6. TAXING TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ICRICT REPORT

      Document Recommended An important analysis of how TNCs could be more effectively taxed.

    7. Corporate Governance Reform - Federico Mor

      Article Recommended A very useful summary of corporate governance reforms.

    8. VINCE CABLE TAMING THE TECH TITANS SPEECH 19 APRIL 2018

      Webpage Recommended An important speech suggesting the tech giants should be broken up in the interests of competition.

  10. Tutorial 10: Are workers confronting a ‘race to the bottom’ in labour standards in the world economy? 7 items
    1. Essential Reading 3 items
      1. The precariat: the new dangerous class - Guy Standing 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

    2. Supplementary Reading 4 items
      1. THE LABOUR SHARE OF INCOME IN OECD COUNTRIES

        Document Recommended Charts the declining share of income of workers in OECD economies.

      2. POWERLESS HOW MARKETS ARE RIGGED AGAINST WORKERS

        Document Recommended A very interesting recent contribution to the literature.

  11. Tutorial 11: What should be done about inequalities in income and wealth in the world economy? 22 items
    1. Essential Reading 5 items
      1. Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn 16 Mar. 2018

        Book Essential This is a really important text from one of the founders of Facebook.

    2. Supplementary Reading 15 items
      1. WORLD INEQUALITY REPORT 2018 A SUMMARY

        Document Recommended The very latest data on inequality in the global economy.

      2. WORLD INEQUALITY REPORT 2018

        Document Recommended A very important analysis of inequality in 2018.

      3. OXFAM 2018 REPORT REWARD WORK NOT WEALTH

        Document Recommended A very influential report on work and inequality in the global economy.

      4. UNICEF GLOBAL INEQUALITY: BEYOND THE BOTTOM BILLION

        Document Recommended A very useful analysis of income distribution in 141 countries.

      5. THE CHANGING WEALTH OF NATIONS 2018 WORLD BANK REPORT

        Webpage Recommended A recent analysis of the performance of 141 countries.

      6. THE GLOBAL CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH CJE 2018

        Webpage Recommended A recent study of the concentration of wealth in the global economy.

      7. APPG on Inclusive Growth House of Commons Library Research - APPG on Inclusive Growth

        Webpage Recommended House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth research on rates of global inequality.

      8. Joseph Stiglitz Says Standard Economics Is Wrong. Inequality and Unearned Income Kills the Economy - Evonomics

        Webpage Recommended A concise essay but one with important implications for the governance of the world economy.

    3. The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It 5 Mar. 2018

      Book Essential A really important analysis and explanation of the rise of populism in an era of rising income inequality.

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