International Political Economy

International Political Economy studies the ways in which political forces (states, institutions, individual actors) shape society’s economic interactions, and conversely the effect that economic interactions (shaped by markets, resources, incentives, money) have upon political structures and outcomes.  Topics include globalization, international trade, economic growth in developing countries,  protectionism, financial systems,  multinational companies and international institutions. The course is based on online resources. Contact me:

Textbook: Thomas Oatley,  International Political Economy, 6th edition. Find it here.

Modules, study links, HWs

1.  History, theories and economic systems  

2.  The world trade system  

3.    Trade politics

4. Trade and development
5. Multinational corporations
  • read ch 8,9
6.  International monetary system

7. Developing countries and international finance 

  • read ch 14,15 (skip chapters 12,13)

Final project: Expert paper based on current events

The purpose of this paper is to develop expertise in a narrow topic within IPE (6-7 pages). Your task is to come up with a research question inspired by current events, explain the events, discuss pros and cons of the central issue, analyze both sides of the debate.  Your paper should include at least 3 references to articles in major media outlets published in the last two years. In evaluating your paper, I will be considering: Is it well organized? Well researched, including both sides or a possibly controversial issue? Does it have a clear theme or thesis? Are sources adequate and cited properly? Are the arguments developed coherently?  To choose an issue, review

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