Global political economy, is an academic discipline within theÂ social sciencesÂ that analysesÂ international relationsÂ in combination with political economy. As an interdisciplinary field it draws on many distinct academic schools, most notablyÂ political scienceÂ andÂ economics, but alsoÂ sociology,Â history, andÂ cultural studies. The academic boundaries of IPE are flexible, and along with acceptable epistemologies are the subject of robust debate. This debate is essentially framed by the disciplineâs status as a new and interdisciplinary field of study. Despite such disagreements, most scholars can concur that IPE ultimately is concerned with the ways in which political forces (states, institutions, individual actors, etc.) shape the systems through which economic interactions are expressed, and conversely the effect that economic interactions (including the power of collective markets and individuals acting both within and outside them) have upon political structures and outcomes. IPE scholars are at the centre of the debate and research surroundingÂ globalization, both in the popular and academic spheres. This book explores innovative ideas in this subject.