Introduction to International Relations

Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives

by Joseph Grieco, G. John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno

Chapter 9: Power, Politics, and the World Economy

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Outside resources

Video resources

  • To watch a video explaining the views of and differences between Adam Smith and Karl Marx, click here.
  • Check out this helpful video discussing absolute and relative gains.

Primary sources and further learning

  • If you have access to JStor through your university, check out this journal article by Robert Powell, titled “Absolute and Relative Gains in International Relations Theory.”

Relevant news articles

  • Read this article about a dispute between the EU and China over China’s actions toward MNEs.
  • Take a look at this article from Forbes on China’s declining ownership of US debt.
  • Read this piece from the Telegraph about the most recent G20 summit and the impact of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s early departure.