IPE and international security have developed as distinct sub-fields of IR and political science and are taught as separate subjects in many colleges and universities. Nevertheless, the intersection of political economy and security has long been recognized in studies of both sub-fields. Indeed, in one of the pioneering texts on IPE, the security structure is identified as a key structure of power in the international political economy (Strange, 1998). This chapter examines the global political economy of security and develops in a more explicit sense some of the security aspects of topics addressed elsewhere in the book. The security dimensions of some of these topics, for example development (Ballentine and Sherman, 2003), environment (Dalby, 2002) and gender (Hudson, 2009), have also been explored in the literature. This chapter provides an introduction to the political economy of security through an examination of changing views on security, different approaches to the search for security in world politics and the links between economic structures and processes and security dynamics.
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