This is the first of two lectures sketching theories, which are relevant to global political economy. After defining the scope of global political economy, it is emphasised that the core theories are essentially based on classical writers who were concerned with either the individual nation, or a much more restricted world than with the contemporary situation. Focussed international theories are weak and scarce except for the more developed 19th-century theories of imperialism. Global level theories are in their infancy. The session ends with sketching the concepts and subject areas which are relevant and which make global political economy a multidisciplinary and eclectic study.
1. Untidy Combination of Power and Distribution
2. Going With What We've Got
3. International Level Theories
4. Global Level Theories
5. Modern Global Political Economy