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North and South in the World Political Economy

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6277-7
416 pages
July 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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In the second half of the twentieth century, a good proportion of international relations was colored significantly by the East-West cleavage. Yet there is a good chance that the first half of the twenty-first century will be equally shaped by a North-South cleavage, where despite increased development and globalization, the political, social and economic distances between the North and South are becoming ever greater.

This path-breaking volume is the first dedicated to the problems of the North-South divide. The first two groups of essays focus on problems that especially afflict the global South in trade and development and that help maintain the North-South gap (such as poverty, disease, energy, financial crises, structural adjustment and human rights). The third cluster isolates particular points of conflict between North and South (such as political Islam, terrorism, weak states and nuclear weapon proliferation). A final group of articles then introduces a variety of factors that seek to ameliorate the North-South gap.

North and South in the World Political Economy will be essential reading for scholars and advanced students of international relations, international political economy and development studies.
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List of Figures and Tables.

Notes on Contributors.

List of Abbreviations.

1. Observations on the North-South Divide: Rafael Reuveny (Indiana University) and William R. Thompson (Indiana University).

Part I: Problems of Trade:.

2. Globalization, Poverty, and the North-South Divide: Arie M. Kacowicz (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

3. Reproducing the North-South Divide: The Role of Trade Deficits and Capital Flows: Bruce E. Moon (Lehigh University).

4. New Configuration or Reconfiguration? Conflict in North-South Energy Trade Relations: Paul A. Williams (Bilkent University).

Part II: Problems of Development:.

5. Virtuous or Vicious Cycle? Human Rights, Trade, and Development: Robert G. Blanton (University of Memphis) and Shannon Lindsey Blanton (University of Memphis).

6. Structural Adjustment, Development, and Democracy: Mark R. Brawley (McGill University, Montreal, Canada) and Nicole Baerg (McGill University, Montreal, Canada).

7. War as Development - in the North but not the South: Espen Moe (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

8. Nature, Disease, and Globalization: An Evolutionary Perspective: Dennis Pirages (University of Maryland).

Part III: Points of Conflict:.

9. Challenging Hegemony: Political Islam and the North-South Divide: Mohammed Ayoob (Michigan State University).

10. Fear and Loathing in the International System: Ayse Zarakol (Washington and Lee University).

11. Globalizing Media and North-South Initiatives: Francis A. Beer (University of Colorado) and G. R. Boynton (University of Iowa).

12. The UN Security Council and the North-South Divide: Plus ca change?: Jane Boulden (Royal Military College of Canada).

13. "Failed" States and Global Security: Empirical Questions and Policy Dilemmas: Stewart Patrick(Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies).

14. Nuclear Proliferation and the Geocultural Divide: The March of Folly: J. David Singer (University of Michigan).

Part IV: Alternative Paths to Ameliorating the North-South Divide:.

15. Lessons from/for BRICSAM about South-North Relations: Economic Size Trumps All Else?: Andrew F. Cooper (University of Waterloo, Ontario), Agata Antkiewicz (Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Ontario), and Timothy M. Shaw (Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada).

16. Dueling Imperialism or Principled Policies? A Comparative Analysis of EU and US Approaches to Trade and Development: Vicki Birchfield (Georgia Institute of Technology).

17. Assessing Strategies for Reducing Global Poverty: Barry Hughes (University of Denver) and Mohammod T. Irfan (University of Denver, Colorado).

18. North-South Contradictions and Bridges at the World Social Forum: Christopher Chase-Dunn (University of California, Riverside), Ellen Reese (University of California, Riverside), Mark Herkenrath (University of Zurich), Rebecca Giem (University of California, Riverside), Erika Gutierrez (University of California, Riverside), Linda Kim (University of California, Riverside), and Christine Petit (University of California, Riverside).

19. The Higher Realism: A US Foreign Policy for Transcending the North-South Divide: Seyom Brown (Brandeis University).

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William R. Thompson is Rogers Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His recent books include Globalization and Global History (with Barry Gills, 2006); Strategic Rivalry: Space, Position, and Conflict Escalation in World Poltiics (with Michael Colaresi and Karen Rasler, 2007); and Globalization as Evolutionary Process (with George Modelski and Tessaleno Devezas, 2007) He was the President of the International Studies Association in 2005-2006.

Rafael Reuveny is Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of numerous academic articles, coauthor of Growth, Trade and Systemic Leadership, (2004) with William R. Thompson; coeditor of Trade and Environment, (2005) with John W. Maxwell; and coeditor of Coping with Contemporary Terrorism, forthcoming in 2008. He was the Program Chair of the yearly meeting of the International Studies Association, 2006.
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  • An upper-level text ideal for academic libraries, think tanks, and libraries of policy institutions

  • Organized into three distinct focus clusters: Problems afflicting the global South -- trade, development, financial crises, structural adjustment, democratization, human rights, disease; Specific conflicts between North and South -- energy, terrorism, weak states, nuclear weapon proliferation; Solutions to reduce the North-South gap -- foreign aid programs, global media, democratization, political power in the United Nations, the emerging powers phenomenon, transnational social movements, and Northern foreign policy adjustments
  • Tackles the tough questions likely to dominate international relations discourse for decades to come
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North and South in the World Political Economy is a superb guide for the study of the critical North-South relations in this century. The authoritative, well thought out, effectively researched, and successfully integrated chapters present a full account of the broad set of problems that face today’s decision makers in both regions.
Jacek Kugler, Claremont Graduate University
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