Economic Historian Provides Insight into Global Economy and Political Function

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Richard T. Griffiths investigates dimensions of globalization in new book

Gross domestic product, gross national income, human development index – we know just enough about these numbers to know mean something. These stats play an important role in global function and regulating the world economy, but do we truly know the purpose and impact of this data on society? Economic historian Richard T. Griffiths, examines the intersection between economics and politics in his book “Configuring the World: A Critical Political Economy Approach”

Divided into three distinct sections, “Configuring the World” critically studies the various dimensions of globalization and analyzes the power relationships within the international system. Griffiths discusses the methodology and statistics utilized by social scientists, highlighting how these rough estimates should not act as a basis for public policy.

Additionally, he analyzes the role trust plays in establishing equality, governance and policy in a civilized society and explores how imbedded industries and lobbyists play a role in shaping the global framework.

“There is this pipeline of information that dictates the structure of international politics and the global economy, but does the average citizen know the truth behind this data?” Griffiths said. “Configuring the World show you how to breakdown the world around you, examine its components and then reassemble it in a more meaningful form.”

“Configuring the World” provides readers with digestible insight into the inner workings of global development. For more information on the author and book, please visit

“Configuring the World: A Critical Political Economy Approach”
By Richard T. Griffiths
ISBN: 9781504371315 (hardcover) 9781504371322 (softcover) 9781504371339 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and HIPE Publications

About the author
Richard Griffiths was born in Middlesex, England in 1948. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College Swansea and a Doctorate in History from Cambridge University. He was a professor of Economic and Social History as well as International Studies at Leiden University from between 1995 to 2015. He has taught and researched on 19th and 20th century economic history, European integration, development cooperation and small states. He currently teaches several online MOOCs and in 2016 he received Coursera’s Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation. In 2015, he established HIPE Research and HIPE Publications to encourage accessible, policy relevant studies that link economics to the real world of politics and society and that offers serious attention to the role of historical contexts.

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