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The Continuing Imperialism of Free Trade: Developments, Trends and the Role of Supranational Agents

Jo Grady (University of Sheffield, UK) Chris Grocott (University of Leicester, UK)



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23 October 2018
Colonialism & imperialism; International trade; Political economy; Economic systems & structures; Economic history
In 1953, John Gallagher and Ronald Robinson shook the foundations of imperial history with their essay 'The Imperialism of Free Trade'. They reshaped how historians saw the British empire, focussing not on the 'red bits on the map' and the wishes of policy makers in London, but rather on British economic and political influence globally. Expanding on this analysis, this volume provides an examination of imperialism which brings the reader right up to the present.

This book offers an innovative assessment and analysis of the history and contemporary status of imperial control. It does so in four parts, examining the historical emergence and traditions of imperialism; the relationships between the periphery and the metropolitan; the role of supranational agencies in the extension of imperial control; and how these connect to financialisation and international political economy. The book provides a dynamic and unique perspective on imperialism by bringing together a range of contributors - both established and up-and-coming scholars, activists, and those from industry - from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. In providing these authors a space to apply their insights, this engaging volume sheds light on the practical implications of imperialism for the contemporary world.

With a broad chronological and geographical sweep, this book provides theoretical and empirical engagements with the nature of imperialism and its effects upon societies. It will be of great interest to a broad range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, especially those working in History, Politics, and Management and Organisation Studies.
Edited by:   Jo Grady (University of Sheffield UK), Chris Grocott (University of Leicester, UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138301085
ISBN 10:   1138301086
Series:   Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy
Pages:   188
Publication Date:   23 October 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jo Grady is Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations at the University of Sheffield Management School, UK. Her research focuses on pensions, neoliberalism, asymmetries of power in the employment relationship, gender, intersectionality and inequality, political economy, trade unions, and labour organisation. Chris Grocott is Lecturer in Management and Economic History at the University of Leicester School of Business, UK. His research focuses upon the history of economic thought and political economy. Having trained as a historian, he still retains a significant research interest in British imperialism, not least all the history of British Gibraltar from 1704 to the present.

Reviews for The Continuing Imperialism of Free Trade: Developments, Trends and the Role of Supranational Agents

The changing fortunes of free trade in the current political economic turmoil make assessing the relevance of Gallagher's and Robinson's free-trade imperialism thesis crucial. This rich and insightful collection is a valuable aid in this task. , Lucia Pradella, King's College London, UK

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