An authoritative introduction to the development and character of the global political economy. Critically acclaimed in its previous editions, it offers unique depth and breadth of analysis. New for the 3rd edition; substantial coverage of Asia, a re-vamp of the core theoretical framework and analysis of the global financial crisis. This important text covers historical and geographical dimensions of globalisation and offers a clear understanding of how and where globalisation came from. It follows the development of the global political economy from inception to the 21st century. A must read for all students.