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New Publications by Professor Heikki Patomäki on the Dynamics of Global Political Economy and the Roots of the War in Ukraine!

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We are thrilled to announce the release of two publication projects by Professor Heikki Patomäki, from the University of Helsinki. These remarkable works explore crucial global issues, offering invaluable insights and thought-provoking analyses.

1. The Three Fields of Global Political Economy (The book, originally published in 2022, is now available in a convenient paperback edition)

The Three Fields of Global Political Economy offers a comprehensive and forward-looking examination of global political economy dynamics since the Industrial Revolution. It introduces the concept of three interconnected fields that shape and influence global processes. The first field encompasses the circuit of capital and embraces economic liberalism. The second field emerges as a response to cycles, crises, and negative experiences, leading to learning and adaptation. The third field, driven by struggles within and among states, revolves around the concept of reason of state. This book investigates the inherent dynamics of these fields and their consequential impacts, including growth, employment, income distribution, wealth, conflicts, and environmental effects. Together, these fields and their generative forces form the intricate “holomovement” of the global political economy.

The Three Fields of Global Political Economy book cover

Read the introduction of the book here, where Professor Patomäki provides a tantalizing glimpse into the intellectual wonders that await you.

2. Debating the War in Ukraine: Exploring Alternative Histories and Future Prospects

In collaboration with T. Forsberg, Heikki Patomäki has authored another ground-breaking work that sheds light on one of the most significant geopolitical conflicts of our time. Debating the War in Ukraine discusses whether the war could have been avoided, and, if so, how? In this dialogical book, the authors discuss nodal points of history in terms of counterfactuals and contrastive explanations, concluding by considering future possibilities.


The book has been made open access, enabling anyone with an interest in global affairs to delve into its pages and gain invaluable knowledge. Discover the book here and a dialectical comment on it here.

Such is the importance and impact of this work that it has led to a special forum in the esteemed journal Globalizations. By mid-July 2023, the online first versions of the forum’s articles will be available, offering a wealth of additional insights and perspectives to complement Forsberg and Patomäki’s outstanding book.

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