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Internationalisation and Domestic Economic Reforms*



The goal of this course is to introduce students to the various channels whereby international processes and organizations influence domestic economic governance. The increase in international flows of capital, goods, labour and services, together with the development of international organizations (the European Union, the ILO, the IMF, the OECD) have shaped the way national governments make economic choices. Via incentives, ideas, aid, expertise, competition or coercion, international actors and processes have been a decisive influence in the way national governments regulate markets, tax capital, and cover social risks. The course will analyses these different channels whereby the national and international spheres interact in a comparative and historical perspective, and with a broad geographical scope. Among the themes covered, we will be looking at the contested impact of globalization on the welfare state in advanced industrial countries, the diffusion of free-market ideas in South America, structural adjustment programmes in the developing world, and economic reforms in Southern Europe in the aftermath of the Eurozone crisis.

Course objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the different channels whereby international actors and institutions can shape national policy choices in the economic domain, and master the theoretical tools to analyse them.

  • Have a substantial knowledge of a number of empirical cases of domestic economic change in the context of internationalization.

  • Be able to critically assess current events in the light of past empirical examples and theories.



Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures, seminars.

Course Load

Total study load is 140 hours.

Assessment method

Two written assignments (50-50).

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and have a mark lower than 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.


The Blackboard site will be made available no later than one week before the start of the course.

Reading list

Readings will be announced in the course syllabus. The readings for the first week of the course will be announced a week in advance on Blackboard.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Dr. Alexandre Afonso