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: victoria.vernon@esc.edu

Free online textbook: International Political Economy: An Introduction to Approaches, Regimes, and Issues, by Timothy C. Lim .  Questions and answers at the end of the book will help you in HWs.

Modules, study links, HWs

1.  History, theories and economic systems  

2.  Globalization   

  • read ch 3

Statistics links:

3.    Trade

4.  Global financial system

5.   Transnational production, FDI, development

  • read ch 6

Immigration

6.  Development strategies

basic facts,trends & measurements:
trade and development:

geography and development: 

institutions & other factors of development:

7. Inequality, poverty

8. Global governance

9. Project presentations 

Final project

The purpose of this term project is to develop expertise in a narrow topic within IPE. Your topic may be inspired by current events and their economic implications.  For example:

  1. Comparative perspective on ISIS

2.  EU, current challenges

3.  Worlds most innovative or happiest country: what makes it stand out?

4.  Read one of the following books or watch presentations, further research and discuss in your paper:

5.  Who are the Builderberg group and what’s the role of this group in the world today?

6. Where are our foreign assistance money spent, and how well?  Start your research at foreignassistance.gov

7. Critical look at the globalist conspiracy theory

8.Current economic developments in Venezuela, Russia, China, Nigeria or another country.

9. The international political economy of drug trafficking

10. Cyberwars today

In evaluating your expert article, I will be considering: Is it well organized? Well researched? Does it have a clear theme or thesis? Are sources adequate and cited properly? Are the arguments developed coherently?

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