Constructing the International Economy: Reflections in a Moment of Crisis

This week we bring you the third in a series of six podcasts on the “Political Cultures of the European Union”. The series of thirteen events was organized by Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Director of the Center for International Relations at Boston University, as part of the Institute for Human Sciences European Commission sponsored project “Getting to Know the European Union: European Culture(s) in Focus.” The lectures explore the diversity of political perceptions and traditions among the citizens and member states of the European Union, addressing philosophical issues as well as empirical ones.

On October 21, 2009, Mark Blyth, professor of International Political Economy at Brown University, whose luncheon discussion at the Center for International Relations we featured in our most recent podcast, was joined by Rawi Abdelal, the Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Today’s podcast is an unedited recording of the discussion, which centered on their forthcoming book: Constructing the International Economy. Blyth introduced the book and described the various chapters and how they fit together. Abdelal discussed the value of constructivism for international political economy and described the four ways that he and Blyth approached constructivism in their book.


Rawi Abdelal’s faculty page at Harvard Business School

Mark Blyth faculty profile

Constructing the International Economy

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