IR209: International Political Economy


Course Content

This course will introduce students to the contemporary study of international political economy, or how politics and economics interact at the global, regional and national levels. The course will highlight the major analytical frameworks in the field of IPE and how these can be applied to empirical questions concerning the structure of the global political economy, the sources and implications of globalisation, the nature of international economic institutions, and national economic policy choices. In the empirical topics we cover a mixture of historical and contemporary issues, including:

  • European Monetary Union
  • Trade policies and economic development
  • Globalisation of capital markets
  • Financial crises
  • Global economic governance
  • The politics of global imbalances

Each of the twelve daily sessions for the course will consist of a lecture, followed by a seminar discussion. 

World-class LSE teaching 

With a vibrant research culture, the LSE Department of International Relations is one of the oldest and largest in the world, and remains a leading world centre for the development of the subject. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the International Relations and Government Departments, received one of the highest rankings.               

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE



Thomas Oatley, International Political Economy,  Pearson/Longman, 5th edition (2011). 

John Ravenhill (ed.), Global Political Economy, Oxford University Press, 4th edition (2014).

Andrew Walter and Gautam Sen, Analyzing the Global Political Economy, Princeton University Press (2009).

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice


Session: One

Dates: 19 June - 7 July 2017

Lecturer: Professor Jeffrey Chwieroth

Level: 200 level

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Prerequisites: At least one introductory course in either social science (e.g. political science, international relations, sociology, economics), history or law

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*:  One written examination, one essay.

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US)
7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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