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International Political Economy



This is an advanced Master’s level course on International Political Economy (IPE). In very broad terms, IPE is the study of the changing relationships between states, markets, and societies around the globe. It also represents a confluence of approaches: namely, political science, sociology, and economics. In this course, students will deepen their understanding of key IPE theories, approaches, issues, and debates. We begin by examining IPE’s main theoretical toolkit and the debates that have structured theoretical innovation in the field. Theories covered included: liberalism, mercantilism, and structuralism as well as constructivism, postmodernism, and feminism. With these theories in mind, students will examine central IPE issues like the current economic crisis, global governance and transnational financial regulation, the diffusion of state authority and the rise of private authority at the international level, the role of international organizations in IPE, and how “emerging economies” and the changing face of regionalism are reshaping the global economy.

Course objectives

Objective: 1. Students will deepen their understanding of the main theories and themes that structure the study of International Political Economy. They will acquire knowledge of both perennial IPE debates as well as cutting edge issues.

Objective: 2. Students can expect to hone their critical reading, writing and presentation skills. They will also learn how to write a policy brief on a specific IPE topic.


On the MIRD frontpage of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable.

Mode of instruction

This course meets twice a week for two hours each time. Each session will consist of both a short lecture component and a seminar component. In the lecture component I will briefly discuss background information relevant to the required readings. The seminar component allows time for class discussion. Active student participation is imperative. Students are expected to come to class not only having read the required material but also having given it some critical consideration and thought.

Course Load

10 EC.

Assessment method

  • Policy brief (40 percent),

  • Critical Reflection papers (30 percent)

  • Presentation (30 percent),

  • Class participation (pass/fail)


The reading list will be made available on Blackboard in August.

Reading list

The reading list will be made available on Blackboard in August.


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Michael Sampson