This book advances an ecologically grounded approach to International Political Economy (IPE). Katz-Rosene and Paterson address a lacuna in the literature by exploring the question of how thinking ecologically transforms our understanding of what IPE is and should be.
The volume shows the ways in which socio-ecological processes are integral to the themes treated by students and scholars of IPE – trade, finance, production, interstate competition, globalisation, inequalities, and the governance of all these, notably – and further that taking the ecological dimensions of these processes seriously transforms our understanding of them. Global capitalism has always been premised on the extraction, transformation and movement of what have become known as ‘natural resources’. The authors provide a synthesis of ecological arguments regarding IPE and weave them into an overall approach to be usable by others in the field. This synthesis draws on basic ecological political ideas such as limits to growth and environmental justice, ideas in ecological economics, practices of ecological movements in the global economy, as well as key ideas from other political economic traditions relevant for developing an ecological approach.
Providing a broad and critical introduction to international political economy from a distinctly ecological perspective, this work will be a valuable resource for students and scholars alike.
Ryan M Katz-Rosene is an assistant professor in the School of Political Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa. His interdisciplinary research interests come together under the theme of Global Ecological Political Economy. He is particularly fascinated by the complex interactions between political economic structures and the environment, and aim to research this relationship both at a theoretical level and through critical qualitative analyses and empirical case studies. His research thus wades into a diverse set of thematic areas (sustainable transportation, energy, and agriculture, notably), all unified by an underlying interest in helping to understand and foster a transition to a more just and sustainable world. His current research project include a co-edited book (with Dr. Sarah Martin) looking at the possibilities and challenges in sustainable livestock production and meat consumption.
Matthew Paterson's work focuses on the intersection of global political economy and global environmental politics. He has worked in particular, for over 20 years, on climate change politics and is currently working on the politics of carbon markets, transnational climate change governance. He has also written a prize-winning book entitled Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy. His most recent book (co-authored with Peter Newell) is Climate Capitalism: Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy (Cambridge, 2010) and he has recently been a lead author for 5th report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.