When studying international economics or global political economy, it is easy to concentrate attention on the activity of corporations or states and lose sight of the fate of particular people or groups of people. This chapter focuses on how people are caught up in a division of labour created by the global political economy. Where a person fits in this division of labour has a significant role in determining how long they will live and what their quality of life will be. The focus on the division of labour reveals gross inequalities and great injustices that may not be as visible when examining other aspects of the global political economy. The chapter begins by outlining some of the variations in terms surrounding the division of labour such as the international, global, gendered and racial division of labour. In the next section, we consider the liberal theory of division of labour and objections to this from economic nationalist and critical perspectives.
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