The Political Economy of Global Security
War, Future Crises and Changes in Global Governance
Routledge – 2008 – 310 pages
Series: Rethinking Globalizations
What are the possibilities for and conditions of global security in the 21st century?
This book provides an innovative study of future wars, crises and transformations of the global political economy. It brings together economic theory, political economy, peace and conflict research, philosophy and historical analogy to explore alternatives for the future.
Patomäki develops a bold, original and thought provoking political economy analysis of the late 20th century neo-liberalisation and globalisation and their real effects, which he describes as a 21st century version imperialism. In order for us to understand global security and to anticipate the potential threats and crises, he argues that a holistic understanding and explanation of history is necessary and demonstrates that a systematic causal analysis of structures and processes is required. Putting this theory into practice, Patomäki constructs a comparative explanatory model which traces the rise of imperialism in the late 19th century and culminated in the First World War. He argues that even a partial return to the 19th century ideals and practices is very likely to be highly counterproductive in the 21st century world and could become a recipe for a major global catastrophe.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, globalization studies, politics, economics and security studies.
Political economy of global security
Future crises and changes of global governance
Figures and tables
Appendix 1: How to analyse and help to solve global collective dilemmas
Appendix 2: Layers of agency, structures and geo-historical nodal points that explain the First World War
List of references
Heikki Patomäki is Professor of International Relations at the University of Helsinki, Finland, as well as Research Professor of Globalisation and Global Institutions at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.