Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

'Review of International Political Economy' Makes Watson its Home

March 15, 2010

The Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) has established its new editorial headquarters at the Watson Institute. A leading international journal, RIPE dedicates its pages to “the systematic exploration of the international political economy from a plurality of perspectives.”

The journal acts as a point of convergence for political economists, international relations scholars, geographers, and sociologists. It is committed to the publication of work that explores such issues as international trade and finance, global governance and regulation, and development and globalization, in conjunction with issues of culture, identity, gender, and ecology. RIPE publishes innovative work that is both pluralist in its orientation and engages with the broad literatures of international political economy.

It has hosted a variety of special issues and themed sections in its recent past, including “The American School of IPE,” “Finance and Development,” “The Future of the Dollar,” and “Resistance to Globalization in the Arab Middle East.” Forthcoming special issues include “Social Reproduction in the IPE” and “The Development Ideas of the BRICS” (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).

The most recent issue featured such articles as “Offshore and the New International Political Economy,” by Jason Sharman, of Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy in Australia, and “Revisiting 50 Years of Market-making: The Neoliberal Transformation of European Competition Policy,” by Hubert Buch-Hansen, of Copenhagen Business School, and Angela Wigger, of Radboud University, Nijmegen’s Department of Political Science in the Netherlands.

Mark Blyth, a Brown political science professor and Watson faculty fellow, plays a leadership role on RIPE’s editorial board, and Catherine Corliss, a Brown graduate student of political science, is managing editor. The journal is published five times a year by Routledge. Blyth believes that the Watson Institute is a natural home for RIPE since “Watson’s commitment to examining the interplay of flows of capital, people, and knowledge in an interdisciplinary manner reflect the intellectual pluralism that RIPE seeks to foster in its pages.”

RIPE joins two other journals based at the Institute: Studies in Comparative International Development and the undergraduate-run Brown Journal of World Affairs.