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International Political Economy


Planned for academic year 2012-2013; subject to change


The field of International Political Economy studies the relationship between international politics and global trade and finance, looking at state and non-state actors. This course focuses on how states try to manage their trade and financial relations in times of globalization, the role of non-state actors like multinational corporations and international economic and financial institutions. We analyse established institutions, like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well as less formalised institutions like the G20. The North-South Gap, the emergence of new economies like China, India and Brazil, the free trade negotiations in the World Trade Organisation and regional economic integration are topics to be discussed and analysed by using different theoretical perspectives, such as liberalism, mercantilism and Marxism.